Israeli Court rejects Pride protester restraining orders

An Israeli court has rejected requests for restraining orders issued by police against protesters of Tel Aviv's upcoming Pride parade.

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An Israeli Court has denied the restraining orders against protester for Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade.

The restraining orders sought to ban a number of religious activists from approaching the parade route, a direct result of last year’s tragedy at Jerusalem Pride in which a haredi (orthodox Jewish) man stabbed multiple Pride participants, killing one and injuring five.

The orders targeted specific individuals who were contacted by police and requested to report to their local police stations to sign voluntary restraining orders, reports Israel National News.

However, some refused to comply, prompting police to seek mandatory restraining orders on Wednesday, June 1. This request was denied by presiding judge Oded Meir who said the evidence was required before the police could restrict the named individuals’ freedom of movement.

Yishai Schlissel, pictured mid-attack at Tel Aviv Pride in 2015

In 2015, Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew stabbed 6 people, one fatally, at Jerusalem Pride. Three weeks earlier Schlissel had been released from prison after serving a twelve-year sentence for a similar attack on Pride marchers in 2005.

After the attack, Jerusalem police revealed that they were given intelligence reports on suspect individuals who were likely to interfere with the parade. Schlissel’s profile was included in those reports.

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