Murder of a Hero of Israel: Ari Fuld z”l
He was stabbed by the terrorist, yet managed to chase and shoot him, before collapsing to the ground.
Typical Ari, a true hero of the Jewish people. Not coincidentally, his name Ari means “Lion.”
Ari and I connected through our shared love of Israel and our fellow Jews. He was a passionate advocate who loved debating those who seek to undermine us, and would always be beholden to the truth – political correctness be darned! And while my approach is slightly different (I prefer to be a bit gentler with my messaging), I always respected Ari and his devotion to the facts.
Here is just one example of Ari’s brilliance.
And I published this wonderful post of his last year. He truly wanted coexistence, but would not tolerate the murder of Jews.
Ari’s brother Hillel (who has also written on Israellycool before) is a close friend of mine and also someone who does a huge amount for Israel.
He lived as a hero and died as a hero. My big bro is gone.
Thanks for the messages. Really. Just looking for oxygen now…https://t.co/uupt1nQGIP
— Hillel Fuld (@HilzFuld) September 16, 2018
Until recently, Ari was a director of Standing Together, a non-profit catering to the different needs of soldiers, sending drinks, food, clothes, undergarments, and more to our soldiers in the field. When that ended, he started this Cool-a-Chayal campaign.
Ari was very excited about his plans to take his advocacy to the next level – which he shared with me – and expressed his desire to collaborate with me more in future. He would always offer to take me out for a beer – whenever I felt like it – knowing the difficult times I have been going through with my wife’s illness.
Unfortunately, I will never get to have that beer with Ari Fuld, the lion and hero.
Baruch Dayan HaEmet my friend. May your family be comforted among the mourners of Zion, and may the Jewish people somehow recover from this devastating loss.
Update: Avi Abelow’s touching tribute