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Iconic Jerusalem city square will be renamed to honor Pride murder victim

Iconic Jerusalem city square will be renamed to honor Pride murder victim

Shira Banki was killed by homophobic hate preacher at Jerusalem Pride

One of Jerusalem’s most iconic city squares will be renamed to honor a teen who was murdered at last year’s Pride.

Zion Square will become Tolerance Square in tribute to 16-year-old Shira Banki who died at the city’s LGBTI rights celebration last summer.

She was one of six people stabbed when extremist religious homophobe Yishai Schlissel charged into the crowd before being restrained by police.

This occurred just three weeks after his release from prison after he stabbed marchers during the Jerusalem Pride in 2005, for which he served 10 years in prison.

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The newly-renamed Tolerance Square has previously played host to numerous protests and marches, but has since fallen into disrepair.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said the square will be used as a place of tolerance and meeting, a place that will exemplify the values and beliefs of Shira, according to the Times of Israel.

Shira’s mother, Miki, will sit on a panel of judges to help redesign the public space.