16-Year-Old Stabbed By Religious Extremist At Jerusalem Pride Dies – נוחי על משכבך בשלום

Israel Stabbing Rally

 

A 16 year old Israeli teenager who was stabbed by a crazed Jewish religious extremist at Jerusalem’s  gay pride parade last week died from her wounds today, just hours after thousands of Israelis held anti-violence rallies across the country protesting attacks by Israeli assailants against gays and Palestinians.

An ultra-orthodox Jewish man, recently freed from prison, wielded a knife at the gay pride parade on Thursday, stabbing six attendees before he was apprehended.

One of those injured, was LGBT ally teenager Shira Banki

“Our magical Shira was murdered because she was a happy 16-year-old – full of life and love – who came to express her support for her friends’ rights to live as they choose. For no good reason and because of evil, stupidity and negligence, the life of our beautiful flower was cut short,” 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told crowds in Jerusalem on Saturday night that “the flames are spreading in our land, flames of violence, flames of hatred, flames of false, distorted and twisted beliefs. Flames which permit the shedding of blood, in the name of the Torah, in the name of the law, in the name of morality, in the name of a love for the land of Israel.”

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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