Six people stabbed Thursday at gay pride parade in Jerusalem, police say
Police: Suspect is same man convicted of stabbing marchers at a similar event in 2005
The suspect, Yishai Shlissel, an Orthodox Jew, was recently released from prison
The teen was one of six people stabbed Thursday by an attacker police identified as Yishai Shlissel, an Orthodox Jew released from prison in June after serving 10 years for stabbing marchers at a 2005 gay pride parade.
Of the six people stabbed Thursday, two were injured seriously, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
Police arrested Yishai Shlissel, Samri said.
Israeli police say Shlissel, an Orthodox Jew, was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing and wounding three marchers at a Jerusalem gay pride parade in 2005.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences to Banki’s family Sunday.
“In the state of Israel, the freedom of choice of an individual is one of the most basic values,” the Prime Minister said. “We must ensure that in Israel every man and woman lives confidently in any way they (choose).
“This is how we operate and this is how we will continue to operate. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”
Video from Israel’s Channel 10 shows what appears to be part of the attack Shlissel perpetrated a decade ago. In it, a man makes quick slashing motions at people on a Jerusalem street, including one holding a rainbow flag, while others try to subdue him.
Channel 10 also aired video from the aftermath of Thursday’s attack, showing several wounded people, including a woman in a bloody shirt being placed on a stretcher and into an ambulance. Another woman was shown bleeding from her arm as someone applied pressure to the wound.
“We came together today for a festive event, but the joy was shattered when a terrible hate crime occurred here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” President Reuven Rivlin said of the incident.
“People celebrating their freedom and expressing their identity were viciously stabbed. We must not be deluded, a lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster. We cannot allow such crimes, and we must condemn those who commit and support them.”
CNN’s Amir Tal contributed to this report.