16 Year-Old Jerusalem Pride Stab Victim Dies


One of the marchers attacked last week at Jerusalem Pride has died from stab wounds. She was just 16 years-old.


Shira Banki was one of six people stabbed last Thursday by a man named as Yishai Shlissel by police, but the only victim that was fatally wounded.

Shlissel is a Jewish extremist and was only released from prison a few weeks ago after serving 10 years behind bars for stabbing marchers gay pride in Jerusalem in 2005. Last Thursday, he slashed six people and attacked a police officer before being arrested on the scene.

Shlissel moments before the attack
The attacker being tackled by police

On Saturday, thousands of LGBT rights advocates attended an candlelit vigil for the deceased to mourn the loss and to stand against homophobia.

In a statement released following Banki’s death, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Shira was murdered because she bravely supported the principle that each one can live their life in honour and security.

“We will not allow this despicable killer to undermine the core values that Israeli society is based upon. We contemptuously denounce his actions of hate and violence. We will do everything in our power to bring this killer to face justice.”

Thousands attend anti-homophobia rally on Saturday


President of Israel Reuven Rivlin commented, “We came together for a festive event, but the joy was shattered when a terrible hate crime occurred here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

“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,” he concluded.

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