Following the Thursday afternoon 14 Menachem Av attack at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, many are demanding the immediate resignation of Jerusalem Police Chief Moshe Edri, blaming him for the colossal failure that permitted the stabbing of six people, with some injured seriously. An investigation into the events that led to the security failure is underway.
Shai Schlisel, who was released from prison about three weeks before this attack, served a ten-year sentence for stabbing and wounding three people in a Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade a decade ago. The parole board did not remove a third from his sentence for good behavior as is customary, and he was therefore compelled to serve the entire ten years after being convicted of attempted murder. Critics exclaim that the writing was on the wall and the fact that Schlisel was able to get to the site and commit a second attack is inexcusable.
Schlisel was sentenced to prison after his first attack in 2005. Following a psychiatric exam, it was determined that he is fit to stand trial. Released three weeks ago, he repeated his act in another hate crime, this time wounding six people. It is added that Schlisel never expressed remorse, another reason his sentence was not reduced by one-third. After his release, he wrote a letter clearly indicating he was not remorseful and that he still poses a danger to the gay community.
It is added that during the parade in the capital on Thursday, Schlisel arrived at a Shufersal supermarket and hid from the hundreds of policemen who were instructed to be on the lookout for him.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)