Last month during the Jerusalem Pride march a knife wielding man went on a rampage, attacking several people that left five wounded and 16-year-old Shira Banki dead. Today an Israeli court has charged the man with murder.
Yischai Schlissel, who was released from prison just weeks before the Pride attack for having attacked the same parade in 2005, was arrested at the scene and has today appeared in court to face charges.
Legal proceedings have up to now been delayed as Schlissel has repeatedly stated that he does not recognise the legitimacy of the court and has refused counsel. He has refused to comply with court proceedings, claiming; ‘You have no authority to judge me according to the laws of the Torah, so I’m uninterested in the representation’.
As well as the murder of 16-year-old Shira Banki, Schissel was also charged with aggravated assault and six counts of attempted murder.
It is reported that prior to the parade Schlissel circulated a leaflet that read; ‘It is the obligation of every Jew to keep his soul from punishment and stop this giant desecration of God’s name next Thursday. There is an obligation to stop the parade of sin at all costs.’