Human Rights Council Challenged Over Killing of Israeli-American: ‘Why Is The UN Silent?’

Patrick Goodenough | September 20, 2018 | 4:24am EDT
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Ari Fuld, a 45-year-old Israeli-American father of four, was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian teenager on Sunday. (Photo: Facebook)

( – The U.N. Human Rights Council was castigated by a non-governmental organization this week for its silence over the murder of a dual Israeli-American citizen, whose killer’s family stands to receive a monthly stipend from the Palestinian Authority.

Ari Fuld, 45, was stabbed in the back by a 17-year-old Palestinian in a shopping mall parking lot on Sunday, and managed to chase and shoot and wound his assailant before succumbing to his wounds.

Though fatally injured, the former Israeli Defense Forces paratrooper prevented the terrorist from stabbing a mall employee whom he was pursuing. Hila Peretz said afterwards Fuld had literally saved her life.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman described Fuld as “a passionate defender of Israel and an American patriot. He represented the best of both countries and will be deeply missed.”

Palestinian terrorist groups lauded the killing of what they called a “settler” – a reference to the fact Fuld lived in Efrat, a community located in territory disputed between Israel and the Palestinians.

During a session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, U.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer drew attention to the killing.

“I want to ask the United Nations and this council: Why has no official of this body condemned the murder?” he asked.

“Why is the U.N. silent when Hamas and Islamic Jihad – supported by Iran which just spoke here in this room – praised the murder?”

“Why were they silent when the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the military wing of Fatah which belongs to the P.A. – which sits here – welcomed the attack, stressing the necessity of ‘resistance’?”

The P.A. “prisoner affairs commission” has confirmed that the family of Fuld’s killer, Yusef Jabarin, will receive a monthly stipend of around $390, with the sum increasing if he remains in prison for a number of years.

Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, called news of the payment “outrageous.”

“Some people are complaining about U.S. cutting funds to the Palestinian Authority,” he tweeted. “But the P.A. continues to pay terrorists – in this case the terrorist who on Sunday murdered in cold-blood Ari Fuld, an Israeli-American father of four.”

In Geneva, Neuer pointed to reports about the payments to Jabarin’s family.

“Why is this council, which is about to dedicate an entire day next week to condemn Israel, why have they refused to condemn the system known as ‘pay to slay’ – a total budget of some $300-$400 million, seven percent of the budget of the P.A., that is used to reward and financially incentivize the murder of Jews?”

P.A. and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas has defended the payment of stipends to the families of terrorists who are imprisoned or who have been killed while carrying out attacks, saying he will not bend to foreign pressure.

“Even if we only have a penny left, we will give it to the martyrs, the prisoners and their families,” Palestinian media quoted Abbas as telling relatives of slain terrorists in July.

A Hamas spokesman called the killing “heroic” and Islamic Jihad praised the “heroic operation,” calling on West Bank Palestinians to “escalate military operations against the settlers."

Fuld was known for his pro-Israel advocacy on social media and in other forums.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called him “a devoted husband, a father of four, and a passionate advocate for the security of the Jewish state of Israel.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who said he had met with Fuld last July, called the killing “senseless [and] gutless,” saying on Twitter it was “a reminder that there will be no peace until P.A. stops rewarding terrorists who kill Jews.”

The Trump administration last month redirected $200 million in aid that was previously earmarked to go to the P.A., following a review ordered by Trump to ensure the spending was in line with U.S. national interests.

A bipartisan bill passed by the House of Representatives last December withholds U.S. funding to the P.A. until it stop paying the stipends.

The measure was named for Taylor Force, a U.S. Army veteran and Vanderbilt student stabbed to death by a Palestinian in Jaffa during a 2016 study trip.

Fatah praised the terrorist, who was shot dead after killing Force and wounding ten others, as a “heroic martyr” and his family received the stipend.

The Taylor Force Act was incorporated into the $1.3 trillion spending bill signed into law by Trump on March 23.

The Trump administration withdrew from the Human Rights Council last June, citing severe anti-Israel bias and the presence on the council of rights-abusing regimes.

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