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.
“it is no longer possible to remain silent because the knife is raised against the neck of the entire LGBT community, my community”.
“It will not stop there. This is the time to fight the great darkness,”
“This terrible criminal act that once again happened in ‘the city of God’, is an attack on all of us,”
“It attacks the right of all of us to be different, make our choices, accept differences and include the other.”
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.
A few hours before Shabbat in Israel, Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern posted an arresting photograph on his Hebrew Facebook page. In it, the ultra-Orthodox cleric, in his full rabbinic regalia, is holding the hand of a victim of July the 30th’s Jerusalem pride parade attack. Six people were initially reported as wounded, including a sixteen-year-old girl who was reported to be in critical condition. She died over the weekend. The alleged assailant, Yishai Schlissel, was an ultra-Orthodox man who had previously served 10 years in prison for a similar crime in 2005.
רבה של ירושלים מבקר את אחד מהפצועים מהמצעד אתמול. הפצוע בא לתמוך בקהילה אמש בהפגנה. הרב הודיע לו בנחרצות שיהדות ושפיכות דמים אינם הולכים ביחד.
הרב התפלל להחלמתו ולהחלמת כל הפצועים.
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‘The person that committed this sinful act is a criminal in every way, and his intention to kill Jews is something which is terrifying’