A TEENAGER who was one of six people stabbed during last week’s Jerusalem Gay Pride march has died.
[showads ad=MREC]Sixteen-year-old Shira Banki died of her stabbing injuries overnight (Australian time) after Yishai Shlissel allegedly stormed gay pride parade participants with a knife last Thursday.
Shlissel, who has been labeled as an extremist Orthodox Jewish man, had just been released from a 10-year jail sentence for a similar attack in 2005 — where he stabbed three people and charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.
He was caught on camera just as he charged at his six victims before being apprehended by police.
According to BBC News, two of stabbed victims were in a “serious condition” after the incident, one of them being Banki.
Despite the incident, the parade and its hundreds of marchers continued on afterwards, despite the blood on the road.
After the march, hundreds gathered in Jerusalem’s Zion Square to protest against homophobia.
On Sunday night Jerusalem time, hundreds gathered in the city centre for a candlelight vigil in memory of Banki after it was announced she had died.
— Eliza Mackintosh (@elizamackintosh) August 2, 2015
Jerusalem Gay Pride has long been a source of tension between the city’s secular majority and its conservative Jewish Orthodox communities.
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