Man at­tacks Jerusalem gay pa­rade

Stab­bing comes just weeks af­ter his re­lease from prison for sim­i­lar at­tack

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Revel­ers danc­ing and singing through the streets of Jerusalem dur­ing the holy city’s an­nual gay pride pa­rade were left shriek­ing in pain and panic Thurs­day night, as an anti-gay ex­trem­ist lunged into a group lead­ing the march and stabbed six peo­ple, Is­raeli po­lice and wit­nesses said.

Po­lice said the at­tacker, Yishai Sch­lis­sel, who was ar­rested at the scene for Thurs­day’s at­tack, had been re­leased from prison just three weeks ago, af­ter serv­ing a sen­tence for stab­bing sev­eral peo­ple at the pa­rade in 2005.

Six peo­ple were wounded in the at­tack, two of them se­ri­ously, Eli Bin of Is­rael’s emer­gency ser­vice said.

The Gay Pride Pa­rade was pro­ceed­ing as planned with party mu­sic, Is­raeli flags and rain­bow-clad marchers wend­ing their way through cen­tral Jerusalem’s bar­ri­caded streets, un­der a heavy po­lice pres­ence.

An As­so­ci­ated Press pho­tog- ra­pher wit­nessed the at­tacker en­ter the throng of peo­ple with his hand in his coat and within sec­onds raise a knife and be­gin stab­bing peo­ple in the back.

Po­lice pounced on him and ar­rested him.

Shaarei Tzedek Hos­pi­tal said it was treat­ing two vic­tims with stab wounds, a man who was in se­ri­ous con­di­tion and a woman in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, both in their 20s.

Con­dem­na­tions of the at­tack poured in from the heads of Is­rael’s ul­tra-Ortho­dox par­ties, along with Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, De­fence Min­is­ter Moshe Yaalon and oth­ers across the Is­raeli po­lit­i­cal spec­trum.

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