The Palestinian Authority has raised the monthly salary of the terrorist responsible for the 2018 murder of Ari Fuld, according to attorney Maurice Hirsch, who heads the PA Accountability and Reform Initiative at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA).
Hirsch revealed, “Yesterday, the Palestinian Authority doubled the monthly salary it pays the terrorist murderer of Ari Fuld, OBM, from $522 to $1,044.” He went on to emphasize how the PA’s “Pay for Slay” policy serves as an incentive for terrorism and rewards those who commit acts of terror.
Highlighting the financial support received by the murderer, Hirsch noted, “The PA has already paid the murderer $25,726. When he killed Ari, the terrorist was a 16-year-old student.” He emphasized that the money provided by the PA is not welfare but rather a reward for taking the life of an Israeli-American Jew.
Hirsch questioned the role of the US and the EU in assisting the PA in rewarding terrorists and individuals who have taken the lives of Jews. When asked to provide evidence, Hirsch referred to PA Law No. 19 from 2004, which codified the PA’s payments to imprisoned terrorists. He also mentioned that regulations established in 2010 by the PA government determined the payment scale for terrorists. The PA has confirmed in affidavits submitted to the court that it indeed rewards terrorists.
The terrorist responsible for the attack, Khalil Yusef Ali Jabarin, was 16 years old when he fatally stabbed Ari Fuld outside a Gush Etzion shopping center. Fuld, a 40-year-old father of four, was a member of a rapid response team in Efrat, his hometown. Despite being wounded, Fuld fought back and even managed to shoot at his attacker. However, he succumbed to his critical injuries, and the hospital had to declare his death.
In January 2020, Jabarin was convicted of intentional homicide, which is equivalent to murder in the military court system, along with three counts of attempted intentional homicide. In July 2020, he received a life sentence in prison and was ordered to pay damages to the Fuld family.