April 19, 2016 at 8:00 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Jerusalem Pride attacker convicted of murder

Jerusalem, gay news, Washington Blade

A Jerusalem court on April 19, 2016, convicted an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man of murder in connection to last year’s attack on a Pride march. (Photo by Wayne McLean; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man of murder and attempted murder in connection with a 2015 attack on a Jerusalem Pride march.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Jerusalem District Court found Yishai Schlissel guilty of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Prosecutors allege that Schlissel stabbed Shira Banki, a 16-year-old teenager, to death and injured six others who were taking part in the Pride march on July 30, 2015. The attack took place less than a month after Schlissel completed a 10-year prison sentence in connection with the stabbing of three people during a Jerusalem Pride march in 2005.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the court on Tuesday blasted Israeli police officials for not doing enough to stop Schlissel.

“We condemned the attack at the 2015 Jerusalem Pride Parade in the strongest possible terms,” a State Department official told the Washington Blade on Tuesday. “We commend the Israeli government for holding the perpetrator accountable for this horrendous crime.”

Tom Canning of Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, which organized the Pride march, said in a statement that “nothing can heal the immense pain we still feel following this vicious attack and death of a innocent girl Shira Banki.”

“Our community still carry’s the trauma and fear of violence from the events of that day,” added Canning. “I hope that Schlissel will receive the maximum penalty, which will perhaps contribute to our healing process.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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