Our Pride celebrations across the globe have seen us shed tears of joy as well as sadness. We march because we can, we need, to, we have to. Let our thoughts be with those in Jerusalem that faced great adversity today.
Less than 30 minutes after Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade commenced on Thursday evening, an orthodox man stabbed six participants, seriously wounding two.
The procession of thousands – which started at Independence Park in downtown Jerusalem shortly after 6:30 p.m. – was heading down Keren HaYesod Street when the suspect lunged into the crowd, wildly stabbing the victims before being tackled by police.
“I saw an ultra-Orthodox youth stabbing everyone in his way,” said Shai Aviyor, a witness interviewed on Channel 2 television. “We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground.”
The parade was immediately canceled following the attack.
Oded Fried, the head of a leading gay rights group, said the march would go on despite the attack. "Our struggle for equality only intensifies in the face of such events," he said. – jpost.com
We know many of our adversaries, by name, by group, and can usually prepare for such hatred, but to have someone hurt us again, in the same fashion he did before, is a type of insanity we all should be shaking our heads at.
Police arrested Yishai Shlissel in connection with the attack, 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. – cnn.com
For more pictures of the incident, go over to dailymail.co.uk
Shlissel was not alone in his hatred. Several vans had been egged before and were used as barricades while dealing with the aftermath of the stabbing. Did Shlissel act alone? Was he a pawn, a catalyst for a larger group to protest the Jerusalem Pride parade?
Anti-gay activists from the far-right Jewish group Lehava were protesting at the parade.
Lehava released a statement ahead of the pride parade, stating that it would not allow the event "to pass quietly."
The group announced that its members would show up at the parade holding rainbow colored banners reading: "Mum, where is Dad?" and "Dad, where is Mum?"
Lehava representative Meir David Koperschmidt told The Jerusalem Post prior to the parade that the group was protesting the parade because homosexuality "is a big prohibition in the Torah." – jpost.com
Politicians from across the spectrum condemned the attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the attacker would be brought to justice.
In a statement Thursday to CNN, Netanyahu said
the government would "pursue justice for those responsible" for the latest attack.
"In the state of Israel, the freedom of choice of an individual is one of the most basic values," Netanyahu 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." – cnn.com
Once again, our thoughts are with you. As for what should be done to Shlissel, please do the correct thing Prime Minister.