Ari Fuld, a resident of Efrat and father of four, was murdered in a stabbing attack near the shopping center at the Gush Etzion Junction.
MDA medics administered first aid and evacuated the man to Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. According to the hospital, the victim was connected to a respirator, was sedated and in critical condition.
Later, however, his death was confirmed.
The terrorist, a 17-year-old from the village of Yatta near Hevron, was shot and neutralized, and was moderately wounded.
Before his death, the murdered man managed to shoot the terrorist, who was also shot by another civilian and a security guard.
Another two persons were treated for shock at the scene.
According to the IDF, “Following reports of an attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, a terrorist arrived at a mall adjacent to the junction armed with a knife and stabbed a civilian, severely injuring him. An additional civilian who was at the scene neutralized the terrorist. IDF troops are operating at the scene.”
MDA medics Hagla Erez related: “I was making purchases at the shopping center when I heard shouts and shots near the entrance. I immediately ran to the scene and found a 40-year-old man lying unconscious, suffering from stab wounds to his upper body.”
“I administered life-saving first aid which included stopping the bleeding, and reported to MDA about the incident. Together with MDA staff and an IDF medical team that quickly arrived, we continued medical treatment, and the victim was evacuated in serious and unstable condition to the hospital.”
Gush Etzion regional council head Shlomo Ne’eman said following the attack: “I view with severity the serious attack. The purpose of these attackers is one; to disrupt our way of life. Our Arab neighbors have to deal with one single question: Either you live with us here and behave like people, or you choose an aggressive way and pay the full price. I call on the government of Israel and the IDF to use a hard Israeli hand and destroy the hands of the terrorists!”
“I want to say clearly that even if we are hurt, victory will be with us. The method of hurting us in the end will not pay off. We are here forever.”
Lior Shurka, a friend of the victim, told the TPSnews agency: “Ari [meaning ‘lion’ in Hebrew] was like his name implied. He was very involved in explaining and defending the good reputation of the State of Israel on the Internet and before the citizens of the world.”
“Ari was about to have launched in a new Hasbara site [to reveal truth about Israel] in English. He was a good friend who you knew would stand by you and protect you in any situation.
“A lowly terrorist came up behind him, and in a cowardly way stabbed him. Ari was one of the fighters in the Efrat emergency squad. We didn’t expect anything less of him. Even after he was wounded, Ari engaged with the terrorist and chased him as he was bleeding, and managed to respond and shoot at the terrorist.”
“We are confident that his death will not be in vain, and his activity will grow and intensify. We expect the government to immediately demolish the house of the terrorist and expel his family to the Gaza Strip as soon as possible,” Shurka added.