Warhippy Posted July 30, 2015 Share Posted July 30, 2015 An Orthodox Jewish assailant stabbed and injured six participants of an annual gay pride march Thursday in Jerusalem, police and witnesses said. Police and medics said the assailant had wounded six people. Two were taken to hospital in serious condition. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the alleged attacker, Yishai Schlissel, was arrested. Israeli media outlets have reported the suspect is the same person responsible for a stabbing attack on three people at the same pride march in 2005. Schlissel was recently released from prison after serving time for the attack. Tel Aviv gay pride parade attracts 80,000 revellers Five thousand marchers waving banners were heading down an avenue when an ultra-Orthodox man jumped into the crowd and plunged a knife into some of them, witnesses said. "I saw an ultra-Orthodox youth stabbing everyone in his way," said ShaiAviyor, a witness interviewed on Israel's Channel 2 television. "We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover and there were bloodied people on the ground," Aviyor said. Media reports said the suspect hid in a nearby supermarket and jumped out to attack the march when it passed. The suspect, who is reportedly the same person behind the 2005 pride attack, is seen hiding his weapon before six people were stabbed despite a 'massive presence' of police security. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP) Police spokesman Asi Ahroni said there was a "massive presence" of police securing the parade but "unfortunately, the man managed to pull out a knife and attack." The march continued after the wounded were taken for treatment, but in a more somber atmosphere. Media reported that thousands of Jerusalem residents who had not participated in the parade joined in after the attack in solidarity. Oded Fried, the head of a leading gay rights group, said the march would go on despite the attack. "Our struggle for equality only intensifies in the face of such events," he said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned it "as a most serious incident" in what was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem, a city where the religious population is more prominent than in other parts of Israel. The parade, which attracts thousands of participants, has long been a focus of tension between Israel's predominantly secular majority and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority, who object to public displays of homosexuality. People react to the violent attack that wounded six people, including two in serious condition. A gay rights leader said the attack only intensifies their struggle for equality. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/orthodox-jewish-man-stabs-6-at-jerusalem-pride-parade-1.3174137 ====================================================== Well.....that is not entirely shocking Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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