Palestinian Who Stabbed Israeli Settler to Death Sentenced to Life in Prison

The attacker who killed 40-year-old Israeli-American Ari Fuld in 2018 did not express regret for his actions, judges say, and acted deliberately to kill Jews

Hagar Shezaf
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The scene of the stabbing attack at Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, on September 16, 2018.
The scene of the stabbing attack at Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank, on September 16, 2018.Credit: Emil Salman
Hagar Shezaf

A military court in the West Bank sentenced a Palestinian who stabbed a settler to death in 2018 to life imprisonment on Wednesday.

The attacker took the life of Ari Fuld, a 40-year-old American-Israeli citizen from Efrat in the West Bank, at the nearby Gush Etzion junction, which has been the site of many security incidents over the years.

Ari Fuld
Ari FuldCredit: Facebook

The military court on the Ofer military base near Jerusalem also ordered the Palestinian, whose name cannot be published because he was a minor at the time of the attack, to pay Fuld’s family 1.25 million shekels ($365,000) in compensation.

The Palestinian was convicted of premeditated homicide in Fuld’s case, and on three other counts of attempted murder for previous attempts to stab soldiers and Jewish passersby.

A resident of Yatta near Hebron in the West Bank, the attacker was 16 when he stabbed Fuld, 40, to death. After he was stabbed, Fuld managed to shoot his attacker, wounding him moderately.

Israeli forces near the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank in the aftermath of the stabbing attack, on September 16, 2020.
Israeli forces near the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank in the aftermath of the stabbing attack, on September 16, 2020.Credit: Emil Salman

The attacker "acted in a cold and planned manner, with exceptional determination to achieve his objective – to kill Jews wherever they are,” the judges wrote in their verdict.

“The punishment of life imprisonment is given to defendants who took human life intentionally, even when they were minors when they carried out the crime,” they said, adding that he never expressed any regret for his actions.

Fuld’s widow, Miriam Fuld, said outside the courtroom that “only life imprisonment is the appropriate punishment for such an abominable act.” Ari’s brother, Eitan Fuld, said the “minimum is that he doesn’t see the light of day. The man who destroyed a family needs to sit behind bars until the end of his days.” 

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