The long awaited explanation to the 2009 mass shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth club took another turn today as the shooter admitted that he was driven to do it because of the “biblical edict against gays”:
“[Hagai] Felician, motivated by feelings of anger and revenge, killed and tried to kill innocent young people… solely because they happened to be at the Bar Noar club,” read the indictment, filed by the Tel Aviv district prosecution. “This despicable and criminal act caused the death of two people as well as grave damage to the minds and bodies of everyone who was in the club on the night of the murder.” After a state informant turned him in, Felician confessed his actions to an undercover officer planted in his jail cell. According to the indictment, Felician also told the undercover officer he had carried out the shooting “because of the biblical edict to attack homosexuals.” “You have everything on me, you can give yourself a pat on the back,” Felician reportedly told investigators after he realized he had spilled the beans.
Originally Felician said that he went to the youth club that night to kill its founder, whom he had been told had molested his then 15 year-old cousin which turned out to untrue.
The 2009 attack resulted in one of the largest and most expensive manhunts in Israeli history.