Gay Pride parade stabber indicted for murder

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The haredi Orthodox man who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, leaving one teen dead, was charged with murder.

Yishai Schlissel was indicted on Monday in Jerusalem District Court on one count of premeditated murder, six counts of attempted murder, and aggravated assault.

Schlissel in a statement to the court said: “the pride parade must be canceled to elevate Shira Banki’s soul. If you care for her well-being, you must cease this blasphemy against God. The parades bring harsh decrees upon Israel.” Schlissel has eschewed legal counsel, saying the court does not recognize Jewish law, and has not cooperated with the investigation.

The Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office asked that Schlissel remain in custody until the end of legal proceedings against him. The court agreed to hold him over until Tuesday, when a hearing will be held on the request.

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Schlissel had been released from prison three weeks before this year’s  parade after serving 10 years for a similar attack at Jerusalem’s 2005 gay pride parade.

According to the indictment, Schlissel was prevented from entering the parade at one entrance point by two female police officers.

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