Ultra Orthodox Man Arrested After Stabbing Spree at Jerusalem Pride in Repeat Attack

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Dramatic images showed the assailant reaching inside his coat and raising a knife above his head.

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An Ultra Orthodox Jewish man has been arrested after six people were stabbed while they marched in the Jerusalem Pride parade.

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The suspect, Yishai Schlisse was convicted of attempted murder after stabbing three during 2005 Gay Pride Parade and has only recently been released from prison.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that despite heavy police protection, the suspect broke into the crowd and stabbed several of the marchers. He was quickly wrestled down by police and arrested. A video taken of the march captures the  dramatic scenes many in the crowd realised a man with a knife was amongst them.

 Haaretz reports that one  woman was critically wounded in the attack, with two more moderately wounded, and another two men and a woman suffered light wounds. Magen David Adom emergency services treated the victims on the scene, and then rushed them to three different hospitals in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the stabbing was a very serious event, and promised that the state will bring the full weight of the law against the suspects.

“In the state of Israel the individual’s freedom of choice is one of basic values. We must ensure that in Israel, every man and woman lives in security in any way they choose. That’s how we acted in the past and how we’ll continue to act. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery,” he said in a statement.

 Article | Levi Joule

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