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Police arrest man asking for help on Facebook to carry out terror attack on Tel Aviv Pride

Police arrest man asking for help on Facebook to carry out terror attack on Tel Aviv Pride

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Police have arrested a 20-year-old man asking for help to carry out a terror attack on Tel Aviv Pride.

The LGBTI event in Israel, attended by over 200,000 people to make it one of the largest in the world, was the target of a  a resident of Beni Brak.

Police brought the 20-year-old in for questioning for threatening the parade on 9 June.

In Hebrew, the suspect posted: ‘Who’s coming with me to carry out a terror attack at the Pride march?’

According to Ynet News, the 20-year-old claimed he only made the post because he was ‘bored’.

Gil Fishoff, the co-ordinator of the Nir Katz Center for LGBT Violence in Tel Aviv, said: ‘Every year around the Gay Pride events we see a sharp increase in threats against members of the community with violent expressions and incitement.

‘We work regularly with the Israel police to exmaine each and every case on its merits in view of the tragic event of the murder of Shira Banki in the Jerusalum Pride parade.

In 2015,  16-year-old Banki was stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox extremist Yishai Schlissel. He injured several others. His attack at the Pride parade came just weeks after Schlissel was let out of prison, where he served a 10-year sentence for a similar attack at the 2005 Pride parade, in which he stabbed three people.