Friday, July 31, 2015

Knife Attack on Jerusalem Gay Pride Event: An Overview and Thoughts -OR- Another Day, Another Attack by Another Religio-Insane Nut-Job Hopped Up On the Invisible Cloud Being

**This entry was posted July 31, 2015.**

A young man comforts a young lady at the Jerusalem Gay Pride event following the knife attack on six people, Jerusalem, Israel, July 30, 2015.

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I want to post this item in a separate, stand-alone entry rather than corrupt my planned main entry with it. I am interspersing it with pictures from the two re-posted articles. The captions are my own.

From Reuters via the Huffington Post and reposted below with photos:

6 People Stabbed At Jerusalem Gay Pride March

It was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem.

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan
Link here.

JERUSALEM, July 30 (Reuters) - An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed and wounded six participants, two of them seriously, in the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, with police saying the suspect was jailed for a similar attack 10 years ago.

About 5,000 people celebrating the event were marching along an avenue when a man jumped into the crowd, apparently from a supermarket, and plunged a knife into some of the participants, witnesses said.

"We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground," Shai Aviyor, a witness interviewed on Israel's Channel 2, said.

It was the worst attack in years on the event in Jerusalem, a divided city where the religious population is more prominent than in other parts of Israel and highlighted the tension nationwide among disparate social groups.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it "a despicable hate crime," and President Reuven Rivlin warned that social intolerance could spell disaster for Israel.

Police apprehend multiple attempted murderer Yishai Schlissel following his knife attack at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parage, July 30, 2015.

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Police said they arrested the suspected perpetrator, an ultra-Orthodox man. Spokeswoman Luba Samri said he was the same assailant jailed for the stabbing of three marchers at a similar Jerusalem event in 2005. Israeli media said the suspect had been released from prison several weeks ago.

The parade has long been a focus of tension between Israel's predominantly secular majority and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority, who object to public displays of homosexuality.

Photo montage of police apprehending religious nut-job attacker at the Jerusalem Gay Pride event, July 30, 2015.

This was sent out as a Twitter Tweet on the Israel News Feed.

Note: By calling him "Ultra-Orthodox," it has the implicit effect of attempting to justify his hate crime attempted murder of six people. Call him what he is: A sick religious fanatic. It doesn't matter what is the "brand" of fanaticism.

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Many devout Jews, Muslims and Christians criticize homosexuality as an abomination of their beliefs. Gay marriages performed inside Israel are not recognized by the authorities.

Police and medics said the attacker wounded six people. Two were taken to hospital in serious condition, including a young woman, said a doctor at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, where the victims were being treated.

Wounded woman, Jerusalem Gay Pride, July 30, 2015.

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The march is held in the largely Jewish side of the divided city. Palestinians predominate in occupied East Jerusalem.

Oded Fried, the head of a leading gay rights group, said the attack would not deter the movement. A similar Gay Pride event on June 12 in the more gay friendly business hub of Tel Aviv passed off without incident.

"Our struggle for equality only intensifies in the face of such events," Fried said.

Pride marchers in the Jerusalem Gay Pride event in Israel on July 30, 2015 sent out as an Instragram picture.

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Netanyahu said Israel would prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law, adding: "Freedom of individual choice is a basic value in Israel."

Rivlin, whose job as president is largely ceremonial, said: "We must not be deluded a lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster."

Yishai Schlissel led away by police after his knife attack on 6 people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride, July 30, 2015.

He looks like Rasputin, only more psycho-batty. Maybe he should have just had a pulled pork sandwich instead.

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Here is the New York Times account:

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Stabs 6 at a Gay Pride Parade for Second Time, Police Say

By Isabel Kershner
Link here.

JERUSALEM — An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing participants in the annual Gay Pride Parade here in 2005 struck again Thursday, stabbing six marchers in this year’s parade, according to the police.

Two of the victims were in serious condition, according to the emergency services. The assailant, Yishai Schlissel, was pinned to the ground on a central Jerusalem street and arrested by police officers who were stationed along the route, the police said.

A plain clothes police man clears the away as other security bundle off attempted mass murderer Yishai Schlissel following the Jerusalem Gay Pride knife attack, July 30, 2015.

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Mr. Schlissel wounded three marchers a decade ago at a spot not far from Thursday’s attack and was convicted of attempted murder. He was said to have told the police that he had come “to kill in the name of God.” He was released from prison a month ago.

Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade has long stirred strong emotions in the city, with many Orthodox Jews objecting to the public display, saying that it defiles the city and offends many of its residents. An ultra-Orthodox news website referred to it on Thursday as “the Parade of Abomination.” There has also been criticism from Muslim and Christian quarters in the past.

Security rush to capture the knife-wielding attacker at the Jerusalem Gay Pride, July 30, 2015.

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Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, a smaller event than the annual parade in Tel Aviv, went ahead one year after a court order, over the objections of the City Council. It has occasionally been confined to a stadium as a compromise.

But Israeli officials often hold up the country’s record of tolerance toward gay and lesbian citizens as a badge of honor and as evidence of Israeli democracy, pointing out that other governments in the region are more oppressive.

“In Israel everyone, including the gay community, has the right to live in peace, and we will defend that right,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a televised statement. He described Thursday’s attack as “a despicable hate crime.”

Chaotic scene at Jerusalem Gay Pride event following knife attack, July 30, 2015.

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An eyewitness, Noa Zinger, told Israeli television that she had felt someone pushing and then seen an ultra-Orthodox man stabbing someone next to her. “He told us to get out of the way so that he could escape,” she said.

Asi Aharoni, a spokesman for the Jerusalem police, said the police had prepared meticulously for this year’s parade with a large presence along the route, including officers on horseback and special forces. “But to our regret, despite the massive police presence, a man succeeded in breaking through the lines and stabbing marchers,” he said.

Yet the police faced criticism for not having kept a closer watch on Mr. Schlissel. “This is a disgrace for the police,” one protester shouted as the Jerusalem district police chief, Moshe Edry, spoke at a televised news conference. “The same man in the same place — the police did not do their job,” the protester added.

In an interview with an ultra-Orthodox radio service nearly two weeks ago, Mr. Schlissel said: “The battle is not over. Those unclean people want to continue defiling Jerusalem.”

Asked about the coming parade he added, “To protest is an obligation in my opinion, but it is not enough.” The goal, he said, must be “to disperse them, even by force.”

The Jerusalem Open House, an organization that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and, transgender residents of the city, said in a statement: “All we ask and expect is that LGBTQ people are free and safe to live in Jerusalem. This is only a sign we need to continue our work and our marches.”

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Let me just add a few thoughts:

Fuck this religio-nutjob, Yishai Schlissel, and fuck his diseased mind and it should be a scandal that he basically advertised his plans two weeks ago to carry out a repeat attack -- and was able to do so.

Yes, let's get this out of the way: This knife attack doesn't "embody" or "define" Judaism any more than what Catholics and Protestants have done in the name of their religion for centuries, nor Islamic - Muslim civilization, even with all its present-day mayhem, embodies or defines those faiths. They are all vastly more than just the crazies and so much of it good.

However, anybody whose religion requires them to maim and kill others who aren't in the slightest bothering (hurting) them -- but instead merely by the very existence of those others are offending their "sensibilities" -- is a crazy piece of shit and his religion (and, let's face it, it's usually a guy), at least as he understands it, is garbage, and it should be called out as such.

And let's face the truth: Its religion more than anything that really gets people whipped up into this diseased mental state.

Note to all religio-nut jobs: The Invisible Cloud Being* not only doesn't need you to fights "His" battles, "He" doesn't even exist, not in your warped way, so just go fuck yourself.

You understand nothing, your belief system is toxic, you yourself are a poison, and the world will be better off once you kick off. Oh, and go to whatever hell you believe in.

*I got that term from the late, great Bartcop, along with the "religio-insane" one.

I'm so sick of fundamentalist horseshit in whatever form(s) it takes.

To Schlissel: you're the one who defiles. You are the defilement. Go fuck yourself. You'll have a lot of time in prison to do just that. Oh, and your sicko beliefs are slowly dying out anyway, and gay pride parades will be around long after your dead and forgotten, so you doubly and triply lose.

Happy LGBTQ Pride.

I will say that at least here in the U.S. of A., at least in this time, it's just mass communications-based political-themed entertainment, and people don't usually get physically hurt. Indeed, as Frank Zappa correctly observed, politics (in the U.S.) is just the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.

We can live with that.

We can't live with this religio-insane violence and the mentally-ill human belief systems that incite it.

The Invisible Cloud Being smiles upon His Creation.

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OK, good night. And, no, this was not the entry I intended to write tonight. 

--Regulus

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