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Jerusalem Pride stabbing suspect attacked parade ten years ago

2015-07-31
The man arrested on suspicion of wounding six people during a knife attack at Jerusalem Pride yesterday (July 30) also attacked the parade in 2005, police have confirmed. Police have identified the attacker as Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew. Schlissel was released from prison just three weeks ago after being sentenced to 12 years in prison for the stabbings in 2005, which left three people wounded. pride Shocking images captured the moment Schlissel drew a knife from his coat and ran into the crowd screaming with the knife raised above his head, before being tackled by police officers. Two of the parade-goers injured in yesterday's attack are in a serious condition, the BBC reports. 20-year-old Yasmin Yusupov told the BBC she and her friends were marching when she "started seeing a lot of people running". "We didn't realise what happened but I was pulling the friends who were with me to run away. We just banged on doors of people's houses. We tried asking them to get us inside. "When we came back I saw a few bodies on the floor right in front of me. Everyone had blood on their hands because they were trying to help," she added. The parade reportedly continued after the wounded were taken to a hospital, with protesters chanting "end the violence". Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the attack as "a most serious incident". "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. Meanwhile President Reuven Rivlin described the incident as a "terrible hate crime". "We must not be deluded, a lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster. We cannot allow such crimes, and we must condemn those who commit and support them," he said. Israel has relatively liberal gay rights laws, but there is a deep divide over LGBT issues between the secular majority and the country's conservative Jewish Orthodox communities. At yesterday's event, Jerusalem police granted a permit for 30 right-wing religious activists to protest by city's Great Synagogue, close to the parade route. More stories: Watch: Omar Sharif Jnr. discusses being gay on Arabic TV Calvin Klein feature same-sex couples in new ‘sexting’ ad campaign