This Tuesday the court of Jerusalem has convicted a radically Orthodox Jew of murdering a 16-year-old girl last year. Yishai Schlissel was also charged for multiple charges of attempted murder for the people he wounded in the 2015 gay pride parade attack. Schlissel, who had been freed from prison weeks earlier after serving a sentence for stabbing several people at the city’s pride parade in 2005, stabbed six people at the July 30 parade. One of them, 16-year-old Shira Banki, later died of her wounds.
“The accused did not learn from the legal proceedings against him 10 years ago and from the long time he served in prison. He returned and he committed these crimes with an ideology of hate,” the prosecutor claims.
“This is not someone who should see the light of day,” said Noam Eyal, a parade participant who was wounded by Schlissel. “I’m not talking about revenge. I don’t care about that but I mean the person is a danger … and it is not clear when he will stop being a threat.”
In Jerusalem the religious principles usually don’t accept homosexuality, but attacking gay people is a rarity.