Yishai Schlissel stands as a prime example of the dangers of religious extremism.
I know this story is already a week old. But it’s such good news I wanted to post it anyway.
Happy Pesach everyone.
Published April 19, 2016 in the Jewish Press
Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew from Modi’in Illit, was convicted on Tuesday of the murder of 16-year-old Shira Banki in a stabbing rampage during Jerusalem’s gay pride parade last year. Schlissel stabbed several marchers in the July parade, which he deemed “blasphemous,” killing Banki and wounding six others. He was also convicted of six counts of attempted murder.
Judge Nava Ben Or ruled that “it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused killed Shira premeditatively.”
This is the second time Schlissel is convicted of stabbing Jerusalem gay pride parade marchers. He was convicted in 2005 for stabbing and wounding several marchers in that year’s parade, and received ten years in prison. He was released just three weeks before attacking the parade yet again and murdered Banki.
Update: April, 25, 2016 8:15 pm
Note that the headline in the Jewish Press article is possibly incorrect. By other news accounts Shira Banki was not gay, but rather participating in the Pride Parade in support of her friends who are gay. Regardless, this highlights the thoughtless, hate-filled manner in with which Yishai Schlissel targeted his victims. Merely attending the event was reason enough for Schlissel to murder.