Palestinian Stabs Israeli to Death in West Bank Mall

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli-American man to death near the entrance to a mall in the occupied West Bank on Sunday before being shot and wounded at the end of a brief foot chase, officials have announced.

The slain Israeli, Ari Fuld, was a right-wing activist who has appeared regularly on television, but a police spokesman said there was no indication he was targeted for that reason, AFP writes.

Fuld, 45, was a father of four who lived in the Israeli settlement of Efrat, near the mall where he was stabbed by the 17-year-old Palestinian, Khalil Jabareen, from the village of Yatta in the southern West Bank.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Jabareen was moderately wounded after being shot by the police.

The incident took place at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, according to Israel’s military.

Surveillance footage shared on news sites and social media showed the assailant approaching an older man near the mall entrance and stabbing him several times before he is pursued by civilians and shot nearby.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the incident, saying: “in the name of every citizen of Israel, I send my condolences to the family of Ari Fuld, who was murdered today in a terrorist attack”.

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