Palestinian Terror Suspect Indicted For West Bank Murder Of Ari Fuld


Prosecutors filed an indictment Monday against a Palestinian teen who stabbed to death an Israeli-American father of four outside a West Bank supermarket last month, the army said.

Khalil Jabarin was charged at a West Bank military court with intentionally causing death — the military court’s equivalent of murder — along with a number of lesser charges, in the killing of Ari Fuld on September 16.

The full indictment was placed under a gag order by the military court.

Jabarin, 16, has been in custody since the terror attack, in which he stabbed Fuld repeatedly outside a supermarket in the central West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction, before being shot and arrested.

Prosecutors have asked to keep him in prison until the end of proceedings.

After he was stabbed, Fuld pursued and shot his assailant as he attempted to attack a mall employee, possibly saving her life. He then collapsed and was rushed to a hospital, but succumbed to his wounds.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said earlier this month he wants to award a posthumous medal to US-born Fuld for his actions during the attack.

He has asked police chief Roni Alsheich to consider awarding Fuld a police Medal of Valor.

Fuld was a well-known Israel advocate and right-wing activist. His killing pierced the community of pro-Israel advocacy, and activists recalled him as a dogged supporter of the Jewish state.

After the attack, falafel shop worker Hila Peretz said she saw Jabarin fatally stab Fuld outside the shop a few minutes after she served the Palestinian teenager. Jabarin then began to run in her direction with the knife drawn. She ran, fearing for her life and shouting “terrorist,” she said.

“The terrorist was right behind me,” she recalled. “I started running down the stairs but he jumped to try to get in front of me. The man that was killed really saved my life.”

She added of Fuld: “He’s not just a hero. He gave his life for me.”