An attack on Jerusalem's annual Gay
Pride Parade has left six people wounded.
According to Haaretz, officials
have identified Yishai Schlissel as the suspected attacker.
Schlissel was recently released from
prison after serving a 10-year sentence for attacking three people
who participated in the city's 2005 parade.
Only one woman was critically wounded
in Thursday's attack.
Schlissel stabbed the marchers with a
knife as the parade wound through Keren Hayesod Street. He was
quickly subdued by police.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu denounced the attack in a statement.
“In Israel, everyone, including the
LGBT community, has the right to live in peace, and we will defend
that right,” he said. “I welcome the Israeli religious
leadership's condemnation of this terrible crime, and I call on all
those in positions of leadership to join them and denounce this
contemptible act. In the name of all Israelis, I wish the wounded a
full and speedy recovery.”
Schlissel was released from prison in
June. Residents of his hometown told Haaretz
that in hand-written pamphlets Schlissel called on “all Jews
faithful to God” to risk “beating and imprisonment” in an
effort to stop the parade from taking place.