Pride and prejudice

Girl, 16, stabbed by religious zealot at gay pride parade in Jerusalem, dies

Shira Banki, a 16-year-old girl who was one of six people stabbed last Thursday during Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, died on Sunday. One other person was injured critically in the stabbing but has recovered. Four others survived the attack with light to moderate injuries. The attacker is an ultra-Orthodox Jew named Yishai Schlissel who was apprehended on the scene. Schlissel had reportedly been released from prison just weeks before last Thursday’s attack, after having completed a 10-year sentence for stabbing marchers at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade in 2005. Schlissel, who claimed after his attack in 2005 to be on a ‘mission from God,’ was found fit to stand trial for his attack on 2015’s parade but refused legal counsel, denying the legal standing of the court since it did not abide by Jewish law. Following Thursday’s stabbing attack and Friday’s deadly firebombing of the home of a Palestinian family in the West Bank, a number of groups held emergency rallies in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Beersheba on Saturday night to condemn the violence. “We reject this hatred outright,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a prerecorded clip at a protest in Tel Aviv. “We will do whatever is necessary to draw lessons from this. But the most important lesson is accepting [others] even when they are not like you.” Hundreds came to pay their respects to Shira’s family at Zion Square in Jerusalem at a memorial vigil held for Shira on Sunday night.

Read the full story at The Times of Israel.

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