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(AP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says
his government will have "zero tolerance" for Jewish
At his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu
said Israel was united against "the criminals among
our people" following a pair of attacks that shocked the
country. On Friday, suspected Jewish extremists set fire
to a Palestinian home in the West Bank and burned a
toddler to death. On Thursday, an ultra-Orthodox Jew
stabbed revelers at a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem.
Thousands of Israelis took to the streets over the
weekend to protest the attacks and warn against a
radicalized and violent fringe growing from within the
country's religious community.
Netanyahu says Israel is determined to fight "hate,
fanaticism and terrorism from whatever side."
Israeli Prime Minister Vows 'Zero
Tolerance' for Jewish Extremists
Man Stabs Several People at
Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade
(AP) An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of
revelers at Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade and stabbed
six people Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city,
Israeli police and witnesses said.
The man had recently been released from prison after
serving a sentence for stabbing several people at a gay pride
parade in 2005, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
Samri said the attacker, Yishai Schlissel, was arrested. Eli
Bin of Israel's emergency service said six young people were
wounded in the attack, two of them seriously.
Witnesses told Channel 2 TV that an Ultra-Orthodox man
rushed the marchers and stabbed multiple people before
Israeli police jumped on him and arrested him.
Yishai Avior told the station that he heard screaming and
saw three people on the ground bleeding.
"People ran in every direction to take cover. Where I was
standing there were three people on the ground bleeding.
There was immense panic and shock," he said.
Thursday's attacker carried out a similar attack that
wounded several people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem a
decade ago. Media reported he hid in a nearby supermarket
and jumped out to attack the march when it passed.
Jerusalem police spokesman Asi Ahroni said there was
a "massive presence" of police securing the parade but
"unfortunately the man managed to pull out a knife and
The parade continued after the wounded were taken to a
hospital, with protesters chanting "end the violence."
After Jerusalem Pride Stabbing,
Extremists Burn Palestinian Child
(AP) Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank
home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to
death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread
Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set
off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing
lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either
unable or unwilling to contain.
"This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given
by the Israeli government to settler terrorism," said Palestinian
official Saeb Erekat. "This is the consequence of a culture of
hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government and
the impunity granted by the international community."
Friday's deadly attack comes as part of a larger trend of
Jewish radicalization - one day after an anti-gay ultra-Orthodox
extremist stabbed revelers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade and
two days after Israeli authorities indicted two young Jewish
activists for an arson attack on a famous Holy Land church.
All have been strongly condemned across the Israeli political
spectrum, though the recent spate of attacks has raised
fears that a radicalized and violent ultraconservative fringe
is growing from within the country's hard-line national-
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the attack
a "war crime" and said the Palestinians would present it to
the International Criminal Court as part of their case against
The extremist attacks, which most recently struck a famous
church in northern Israel, have rarely caused fatal injuries,
which made Friday's incident, in which 18-month-old Ali
Dawabsheh was killed and his parents and 4-year-old brother
critically wounded, all the more worrying.
Court Orders Jerusalem Gay Pride
Attacker Remain in Custody
(AP) An anti-gay ultra-Orthodox extremist suspected of
stabbing revelers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade appeared
in court on Friday and the judge ordered that he remain in
The suspected attacker, Yishai Schlissel, was arrested at the
pride parade the previous day, after he brandished a knife and
stabbed six people. The court extended his arrest by 12 days as
the investigation against him continues, police spokeswoman
Luba Samri said.
Schlissel was convicted of a similar attack that wounded
several people at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005.
Schlissel had been released from prison just three weeks ago
after serving his sentence.
Israeli hospital officials said Friday that a 16-year-old girl
remained in critical condition after the attack, with wounds to
her chest and shoulder. Three others are in hospital but their
conditions are not life threatening, while the remaining two
have been discharged, hospital officials said.
The Gay Pride Parade was proceeding as planned with party
music, Israeli flags and rainbow-clad marchers wending their
way through central Jerusalem's barricaded streets, under a
heavy police presence, when the attacker entered the throng
of people. Within seconds he raised a knife and began stabbing
people in the back.
Police pounced on him and arrested him. The crowd's
carefree cheers suddenly gave way to screams.
Condemnations poured in against the attack, including
from ultra-Orthodox leaders.
Girl Wounded in Attack on
Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Dies
(AP) An Israeli hospital spokeswoman says a teenage girl
stabbed by an anti-gay extremist in last week's attack on
Jerusalem's gay pride parade has died.
Hadar Elboim of Hadassah hospital said the 16-year-old
succumbed to her wounds Sunday and that her organs will be
The girl, identified as Shira Banki, was among six people
wounded Thursday by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had
carried out a similar attack on a gay pride parade in 2005.
He had been released from prison just three weeks earlier
and had angrily spoken out against the parade after his release.
Jerusalem, known for its rich religious history and tradition,
holds a modest parade annually in contrast to the large parade
in nearby liberal Tel Aviv, which drew over 100,000 people this
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Stabbings at Jerusalem Pride and Fires on the West Bank
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