Six people were stabbed Thursday afternoon during Jerusalem’s annual gay “pride parade” and a Charedi suspect was arrested.
The wounded received treatment at the scene and were evacuated to hopsitals. Two were considered to be in serious condition and another was in critical condition.
The Attacker is Yishai Schlisel who also stabbed people at the Toeiva Parade in Jerusalem 10 years ago and was released from prison just 3 weeks ago.
The man ran at the marchers at the corner of Keren Hayesod and Sokolow Street at about 6.45 p.m. He attacked one person after another until the police reached him, Channel 2 reported.
Pictures of the suspect shown on Israeli television showed a man in ultra-Orthodox garb with a kitchen knife stabbing participants and then being wrestled to the ground.
Since the 1990s, Toeiva groups have held an annual mega-parade in the largely-secular Tel Aviv. However, in 2002 they began holding a smaller, far more contentious march through Jerusalem, amid bitter opposition from the city’s largely traditional and religious residents.
Unlike the Tel Aviv event, the Jerusalem march is usually met with loud counter-protests. In 2005 tensions boiled over when Yishai Schlisel stabbed three participants before being arrested by police.
In recent years, however, protests have been smaller as some leaders urged their followers to stay away from what they term the “abomination parade” altogether.
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