Ultra-Orthodox Jew has stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in Jerusalem

July 31, 2015 1:24 am

Israel – An ultra-Orthodox Jew has stabbed six Gay Pride marchers in
, in a repeat of a 2005 attack for which he served 10 years
behind bars, police and medics said.
Yishai Shlissel was released
from jail three weeks ago after having served his sentence for the
attack a decade ago when three marchers were wounded, a police spokesman
said on Thursday.
The Magen David Adom, the Jewish equivalent of the Red Cross, said two of Thursday’s casualties were in serious condition.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly condemned the attack as a “very serious incident”.

Israeli Policemen arrest an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man suspected of stabbing the marchers. Photo / Getty Images
Israeli Policemen arrest an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man suspected of stabbing the marchers. Photo / Getty Images
“The state of Israel respects the private freedom of
individuals which is a fundamental principle exercised in this country,”
he said.

“We must ensure that every man and every woman can live in
full security in any way that they choose,” the prime minister said in a
statement.
After police arrested the assailant, participants
carried on with the march through streets decked with rainbow flags to a
park where a party was planned for the evening.
Hundreds of police are deployed to prevent violence breaking out in the highly conservative city during the annual march.

A wounded Israeli person receives treatment. Photo / Getty Images
A wounded Israeli person receives treatment. Photo / Getty Images
In past years, ultra-Orthodox protesters have gathered in
their Mea Shearim bastion to denounce what they consider the
“abomination” of homosexuality.
Organisers of Thursday’s march avoided ultra-Orthodox sectors to try to avoid incidents.
Israel’s
homosexual community was plunged into grief in 2009 when a gunman
attacked a centre for young gays in Tel Aviv killing two people and
wounding some 15 others.
That assailant has never been apprehended.
Israel
is widely seen as having liberal gay rights policies, despite the
ultra-Orthodox hostility towards homosexuals, particularly men.
The Jewish state repealed a ban on consensual same-sex sexual acts in 1988.

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