Despite Mother's Warning, Israel to Demolish Family Home of West Bank Terrorist

Israeli army raids, maps home of Khalil Jabarin in Palestinian village Yatta ■ Thousands attend funeral of Ari Fuld ■ Mayor of Yatta condemns violence, holds Israeli government for incitement to violent

Israeli army forces convene before entering the West Bank village of Yatta, September 17, 2018
IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Israeli security forces raided Monday overnight the home of Khalil Jabarin, the Palestinian who killed Ari Fuld in a stabbing attack at the entrance to a mall near the West Bank's Gush Etzion Junction.

The house, situated in the West Bank village of Yatta, was mapped ahead of its planned demolition. This is despite Jabarin's mother alerting Palestinian and Israeli security forces of her son's intentions prior to the attack.

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On Sunday, the Israeli army said Jabarin's mother came to the military checkpoint Meiter in the South Hebron Hills and told soldiers of her son's plan to carry out an attack. Israeli army also noted she arrived at the checkpoint several minutes before the attack, and added she was present during the attack.

Ibrahim Ali, the mayor of Yatta, said Monday that he condemned any expression of violence by any side, towards Palestinians and towards Israelis. "But you need to know that your government incites and is the one causing these things, she's pushing the Palestinian people everywhere, in Gaza and in the West Bank."

When asked what prompted Jabarin to execute the attack, Ali said "the material state--people are hungry, they can't afford food, they're dignity is trampled at the checkpoint. Many things can cause a man to reach such a state."

A source close to the Jabarin family said Sunday that Jabarin informed his parents that he planned on carrying out an attack at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The family said it informed Palestinian security forces, but those were unable to locate him in the tomb's vicinity.

Palestinian security authorities refused to comment on the matter.

Thousands attended the funeral of Ari Fuld on Sunday night in the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion. Fuld, 40, was married with four children. The family requested to avoid news coverage of the funeral, and gave a statement through Fuld's sister-in-law, saying: "Ari was a hero. He loved this country, was a teacher and an educator and fought for the truth to be out in the world. The people of Israel lost a true knight."

Prior to the funeral, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett arrived at Fuld's parents' home in Jerusalem to offer their condolences.

Following the attack, Netanyahu posted on Facebook, calling Fuld's actions "heroic."

"In the name of every citizen of Israel, I send my condolences to the family of Ari Fuld, who was murdered today in a terrorist attack in Gush Etzion." read the post. "With his last strength, Ari fought heroically against the terrorist and prevented a greater tragedy. Ari was a wonderful father to four children. He was an advocate for Israel who fought to spread the truth about Israel. May his memory be a blessing."

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke out on Sunday after the attack, taking to Twitter to state that "America grieves as one of its citizens was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist."

Friedman sent his condolences to Fuld's family and lauded him as a "passionate defender of Israel" and "an American patriot" who "represented the best of both countries."

Fuld was a member of a faction within the Habayit Hayehudi political party, a religious-Zionist political party. Fuld's brother, Eitan, is the spokesman for MK Bezalel Smotrich from the same party. 

"Ari loved Israel and fought for it. He was an honest man, caring and gentle. He worked for the Land of Israel with every bone in his body," the party wrote in a statement. 

Ari Fuld immigrated to Israel from the United States and was a right-wing pro-Israel advocate. He lived in Efrat, a settlement outside of Jerusalem that is especially popular among religious nationalist American immigrants.