Using a kitchen knife, Yishai Shlissel stabbed six marchers on July 30, ultimately killing 16-year-old Shira Banki, who was at the event to show support for her gay friends.
As has been widely reported, Shlissel was released from prison just three weeks prior to the vicious attack, after having spent a decade behind bars for another knife attack at the 2005 Pride.
According to Israel National News, the fact that he was even at the event for a second occasion to terrorize paraders can be chalked up to major mistakes made by the Israel Police and Israel Police Services. Shlissel was allegedly quite explicit about his intentions, and had even written them down two weeks prior. Authorities labeled him a “danger” but were decidedly negligent, to say the least: they never asked him to report to police before or during this year’s march.
Meanwhile, extremist groups been hanging posters through Jerusalem praising Shlissel’s attack. One of them reads, “May all of the people of God be zealous as you.” Another quotes the Old Testament: “Whoever spills the blood of the wicked is as if he brought a sacrifice.”
h/t: Gay Star News