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The Daily TIP: Israeli Leaders Across Political Spectrum Mourn Terror-Killing of U.S.-Born Activist

Posted by Tip Staff - September 17, 2018

Israeli Leaders Across Political Spectrum Mourn Terror-Killing of U.S.-Born Activist
After Strike on Damascus Airport, Netanyahu Says Israel Enforcing "Red Lines"
Belgium Cuts Funding to Palestinian Education Ministry Over Terror Support
Israeli Athlete Wins All-Around Silver in Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships


Israeli Leaders Across Political Spectrum Mourn Terror-Killing of U.S.-Born Activist

A prominent American-born Israeli activist, Ari Fuld, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager outside a shopping mall near the West Bank city of Efrat on Sunday, The Times of Israel reported.

Despite his fatal wounds, Fuld chased and shot the terrorist after he was stabbed, preventing the assailant from harming others. Fuld was rushed to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in unstable condition and pronounced dead by doctors an hour later.

Born in New York, Fuld, the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, immigrated to Israel in 1994. He lived in Efrat with his wife Miriam, and was the father of four children.

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum praised Fuld for his pro-Israel activism.

“With his last strength, Ari fought heroically against the terrorist and prevented a greater tragedy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “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.”

Likewise, on Monday, opposition leader Tzipi Livni visited the family’s home in Efrat. "I came to comfort and embrace the family of Ari Fuld, a hero who in his last moments fought and saved the lives of others," Livni said.

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman eulogized Ari Fuld on Sunday, shortly after the dual citizens was stabbed to death, as “a passionate defender of Israel and an American patriot” and “the best of both countries.”

His predecessor, Dan Shapiro, also condemned Fuld’s murder as “an outrageous act of terrorism, which should be loudly condemned by all. May Ari’s memory be a blessing and a source of comfort to his family and community.”

In an exclusive interview with The Israel Project, Avi Abelow, a close friend of Ari Fuld, praised him as a brave hero, “who has always been passionate about Israel and the Jewish people” and was driven by the desire to “tell the truth.”



After Strike on Damascus Airport, Netanyahu Says Israel Enforcing "Red Lines"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "our red lines are as sharp as ever" regarding the nation's effort at preventing "our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry," just hours after an airstrike on the Damascus airport reportedly destroyed a shipment of arms from Iran, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Saturday airstrike destroyed a warehouse and an arms shipment meant for Hezbollah that had arrived at Damascus International Airport, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. “Our red lines are as sharp as ever and our determination to enforce them is stronger than ever.”

Though Netanyahu did not specifically mention Syria, he compared Israel's current situation to the nation's state of preparedness on the eve of the Yom Kippur war in 1973, when Israel fell victim to surprise attacks by Egypt and Syria. Israel, Netanyahu said, "must do everything to prevent war."

Earlier this month, the IDF said that it had struck over 200 Iranian military sites in Syria over the past year and a half.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 140 Iranian military personnel and members of allied militias had been killed by airstrikes attributed to Israel during the last five months. The majority of those killed, 113, were killed in airstrikes during the last two months alone.



Belgium Cuts Funding to Palestinian Education Ministry Over Terror Support

Belgium has ended ties with the Palestinian Authority's Education Ministry over the latter's honoring of terrorists, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Sunday.

The decision, which was originally reported Friday by the Belgian Jewish newspaper Joods Actueel, was announced in a statement by Belgium's Education Ministry that said, "As long as school names are used to glorify terrorism, Belgium can no longer cooperate with the Palestinian Education Ministry and will not give out budgets for the construction of schools."

Belgium last year froze $3.8 million in funding for the construction of two Palestinian schools, after a West Bank school was named for a terrorist who killed civilians. Repeated demands by Belgium to change the school's named were rebuffed by Palestinian authorities. According to the statement, this is what led to the end of the funding.

Sometime after 2013, a school near Hebron was named for Dalal Mughrabi, a woman who led the infamous 1978 Coastal Road massacre that left 38 people dead, including 13 children. Due to pressure from Belgium, the PA took Mughrabi's name off of the school, but subsequently named two other schools for her.

The editor in chief of Joods Actueel, Michael Freilich, praised Belgian Education Minister Alexander De Croo for his "courageous decision." Freilich expressed his hope that other European countries would follow Belgium's lead so that "fewer Palestinian children will be educated to hate — at least not with European money."



Israeli Athlete Wins All-Around Silver in Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Israeli rhythmic gymnast star Linoy Ashram, 19, received the silver medal in the individual all-around final of the 36th Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, last Friday.

It was her second silver in the competition, as she won second place in the hoops competition earlier in the week. Ashram also took home a bronze for her performance in the ribbon event.

In August, Ashram set a new world record with a score of 20.65 points in the clubs event at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup Championship in Minsk. Ashram also won the gold medal in the all-round phase of the competition, in which gymnasts perform routines using a hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon.

Ashram is considered one of Israel’s best hopes for an Olympic medal at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. At the 2016 games in Brazil, Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team finished sixth in the group all-around.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Ashram on Saturday night to congratulate her. “You have caused all of us to be proud. You do this with amazing flexibility and great personal ability,” he said.

(via Israel21c)


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