Yishai Shlissel was indicted today in a Jerusalem court for his terror attack on the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, shop Israeli media reported.
Shlissel (sometimes spelled “Schlissel”) murdered 16-year-old Shira Banki at the parade and tried to murder six other marchers during the July 30 parade. He was restrained and arrested July 30 while he was still trying to stab more marchers.
The 39-year-old Schlissel was charged with one count of premeditated murder, check six counts of attempted murder, and with causing injuries under aggravated circumstances.
Shlissel’s remand was also extended until tomorrow, when another hearing will be held on his detention.
At the reading of the indictment, Shlissel reportedly told the court that “the [Gay] Pride Parade must be canceled to elevate Shira Banki’s soul. If you care for her wellbeing, you must cease this blasphemy against God. The [Gay Pride Parades] bring harsh decrees on Israel.…Whenever there is a Gay Pride Parade, stop the blasphemy against God. Stop the madness and all the people of Israel should repent.”
In 2005, Shlissel also staged a terror attack on the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, stabbing four people. He served ten years in prison and was released only three weeks before this year’s parade.
Police, however, failed to watch Shlissel or prepare for the possibility he would attack this year’s parade – even though Shlissel made public statements after his release in the haredi media and in pamphlets he distributed warning that the parade must be stopped and calling on all Jews to rise up and sacrifice themselves to protect the name of God from the abomination of the parade by preventing it from being held.
Despite all this, police claim intelligence information they received did not indicate Shlissel might attack this year’s parade, so they failed to closely monitor him.
But police also appear to have failed to follow their own security plan for the parade, and their apparent negligence in this regard also contributed to Banki’s murder and to the stabbings of the other victims.
Several mid-level police officials are expected to be reassigned over the failures – a response to the widespread failures many in the LGBT community feel is inadequate, especially in light of Banki’s murder.
By Shmarya Rosenberg – FailedMessiah.com