Ari Fuld was born in Queens, New York, but relocated to the Israeli settlement Efrat, a settlement outside Jerusalem that is home to many religious nationalists from the U.S. He became a social media sensation for his Israeli nationalism and strong support of the Israeli Defense Forces. He had active YouTube and Facebook accounts, and was also a co-host of a show on an English-language television channel in Israel.
A 17-year-old Palestinian stabbed Fuld near the entrance of a mall on Sunday. A video showed Fuld chasing his attacker and shooting at him before he ultimately collapsed; the young Palestinian is in the hospital with minor injuries.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement on Facebook saying Fuld had fought off his assailant “heroically.”
Ari’s last tweet: