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Ultra-Orthodox Jew Found Guilty of Murder during Gay Pride

by our Editors in General , 20 juni 2016

The extremist and ultra-orthodox Jew Yishai Shlissel was found guilty of murder and six murder attempts. On June 30, 2015, he attacked six people during the Jerusalem Gay Pride, after which a 16-year-old girl died of her injuries. The degree of the punishment has not been established yet.

Attacks of homosexuals and transgenders are more of an exception in Israel, where homosexuality has been legal since 1988. Since 1994, same-sex couples are also legal and can also adopt children (as of 2008). Since 2006 foreign same-sex marriages are also recognised, and as of 2014, same-sex couples can use surrogate mothers. There are also laws in place that protect against discrimination, and transgenders can legally change their sex.

The attack during Gay pride in 2015 was condemned unanimously, also by the ultra-orthodox community and its leaders. First Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed his abhorrence of the cowardly act. The ultra-orthodox Yishai Shlissel had only been release from prison three weeks earlier, after serving a ten year sentence. The judge that found Shlissel guilty of murder and six murder attempts, expressed his dissatisfaction about the release, and the fact that they had not properly assessed the likelihood that Shlissel would again commit acts of violence.

Shlissel's lawyer claimed that his client had not intended to kill. Three days after the attack, the then 16-year-old Shira Banki passed away. February this year, a city square was named after her in Jerusalem. Zion Square will now be called Tolerance Square as a tribute to Shira Banki.

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