Is­rael Gay Pride stab­bing sus­pect charged with mur­der

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­rael on Mon­day charged an ul­tra-Ortho­dox man with mur­der for stab­bing a 16-year-old girl to death and wound­ing five oth­ers at a Gay Pride pa­rade, as he lashed out at ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in court.

Yishai Sh­lis­sel, who was re­leased from prison only three weeks be­fore the stab­bing for a sim­i­lar at­tack, men­tioned the name of the 16-year-old girl killed dur­ing his ap­pear­ance at the court that charged him, news web­site Ynet re­ported.

“The pride pa­rade must be stopped in or­der for the soul of Shira Banki to as­cend to heaven,” Sh­lis­sel, 39 and with a long beard, told the court in Jerusalem.

“If you care for her well-be­ing ... you must stop curs­ing against God. The pa­rade marchers are bring­ing great harm upon the na­tion of Is­rael.”

Be­sides the mur­der ac­cu­sa­tion, Sh­lis­sel was also charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault and six counts of at­tempted mur­der over the at­tack on the march last month in Jerusa- lem, the jus­tice min­istry said.

Sh­lis­sel has so far re­fused the help of a lawyer and said he does not ac­cept the court’s au­thor­ity, but a psy­chi­atric exam has found him fit to stand trial.

Three weeks be­fore the July 30 stab­bing, Sh­lis­sel was re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing a 10-year sen­tence for a sim­i­lar at­tack that left three peo­ple wounded.

He had also posted a let­ter on the In­ter­net speak­ing of the “abom­i­na­tion” of a Gay Pride pa­rade be­ing held in the Holy City and the need to stop it, even at the cost of one’s life.

The at­tack has led to crit­i­cism of the Is­raeli se­cu­rity forces, with many ques­tion­ing how Sh­lis­sel was al­lowed any­where near the pa­rade. The at­tack oc­curred in Jerusalem’s city cen­ter as hun­dreds were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the march.

An un­re­lated at­tack hours later on July 31 that saw a Pales­tinian home in the West Bank fire­bombed, killing an 18-month-old child and his fa­ther, fo­cused fur­ther at­ten­tion on Jewish ex­trem­ism.

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