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Jerusalem Pride stabber charged with first-degree murder, six attempted murders

Jerusalem Pride stabber charged with first-degree murder, six attempted murders

This is the moment before Yishai Shlissel pulled out his knife

An extremist rabbi is being charged with the first degree murder of a teenager at Jerusalem Pride.

Yishai Shlissel is facing one count of premediated murder, six counts of attempted murder and with causing injuries under aggravated circumstances.

He was seen stabbing six marchers with a kitchen knife at the pride event on 30 July. One of the victims, 16-year-old Shira Banki, died in hospital three days later.

He was released from prison three weeks before the attack, after having spent 10 years in prison for a previous knife attack at the 2005 Pride.

The Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office has demanded that Schlissel remain in custody until the end of the legal proceedings.

Schlissel has refused representation, saying he ‘rejects the court’s authority’.

During the reading of the indictment, Schlissel said, according to Haaretz: ‘Whenever there is a gay pride parade, [you should] stop the blasphemy against God. Stop the madness and all the people of Israel should repent’.

Channel 10 reports Shlissel had experienced a psychotic episode in 2009, had undergone extensive treatment in a special facility and was forced to take medication.

Before the parade, he was described as a ‘danger’ after he had written about his intentions two weeks before. Despite this, he was not summoned to report to police before or during the march.