A 17-year-old Palestinian youth stabbed Ari Fuld, 45, father of four, to death in a Mall at the Gush Etzion junction on Sunday. This is an area where Israelis and Palestinians regularly mix (there is no apartheid, if there was the Israeli death toll would be much less). Ari, a well-known rabbi and Israel advocate, although stabbed in the back, chased his assailant, pulled his gun (necessary in those parts) and shot the perpetrator. He is Khalil Yusuf Ali Jabarin, from the town of Jatta near Hebron. He was injured and was taken into custody by Israeli authorities. Fuld later died of bleeding from his wound. He was a dual Israeli-US citizen. Both the US and EU condemned this terrorist attack.
Although we call these “lone wolf” attacks, I fail to believe that a 17-year-old boy simply decides one day to go to a Mall and stab a Jew. He must have received training and motivation from a terrorist organization. He must have been told when and where to attack. He carried a long knife used only for murder. Further, the culture of the Palestinians and of their leaders supports an atmosphere of murder of Jews. The PA media played down the incident and reported it as “Occupation injures a boy South of Bethlehem.” This is a typical media distortion that many pro-Palestinians in the West will believe.
The PA announced only a day after the murder that the family of Jabarin will receive NIS 1,400 ($400) per month for 3 years. If this isn’t support of terrorism what is? Also, where does the money come from, the PA depends entirely on foreign aid from the US, EU and other countries (not much from the Arabs). So your tax dollars are being used to fund Palestinian terrorists murdering Jews. There is a bill being prepared before the Israeli Knesset to deduct such payments from any tax revenues that Israel owes the PA .
Also, the IDF announced it is preparing to demolish the family home of the killer. Call this revenge or call it a justified punitive method that Israel inherited from the British, but it is one of the few measures that Israel can take to let the Palestinian people know that we won’t tolerate these attacks. If we were like the Burmese, Syrians, Iraqis or most other countries in the world, there would be massive retaliation against the civilian population. But, Israel doesn’t do this, although we easily could, because we are civilized. But, there comes a point when even a civilized country must protect itself against this form of terror attack by all necessary means.