A stabbing attack this afternoon during Jerusalem pride parade left at least 6 injured, 2 of them critically. The attacker was an orthodox Jew.
Some reports suggest attacker was Yishai Shlissel, who in 2005 committed a similar attack in Jerusalem, in which 3 were injured. Shlissel was sentenced to 12 years and was recently released from prison.
In the last few days Shlissel published manifests against the upcoming parade.
Prior to the attack, anti-assimilation group Lehava demonstrated against the parade, defining it as an “abomination parade”. Here is what the group’s leader, Bentzi Gopestein, posted on his Facebook page shortly before the attack:
After the attack Gopstein uploaded a post stating Lehava “opposes stabbing Jews.” He defined the parade as a “provocation” and called the police not to allow it again.
Responses from Gopstein’s followers were quick to follow. One wrote: “I actually support the stabbing…shame he didn’t throw grenades over there.”
Another comment suggested the attack is the result of provocation:Another response quoted a Biblical phrase ( leviticus, 20-13) : “If a man has sexual relations with another male as he would with a woman, both have committed a repulsive act. They are certainly to be put to death.”