Jerusalem Pride Parade Stabber to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation

Court orders evaluation for Yishai Schlissel to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.

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Yishai Schlissel at Jerusalem court following stabbing attack at Jerusalem gay pride parade. July 31, 2015.Credit: Emil Salman

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ordered a psychiatric evaluation for Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six people at last Thursday’s Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, to determine his fitness to stand trial. One of the victims, Shira Banki, 16, died on Sunday from her injuries.

Schlissel does not accept the legitimacy of the courts and has refused counsel.

“You have no authority to adjudicate according to the holy Torah, and so I am not interested in participating in this illegal performance, not on my own and not via a representative,” Schlissel told Judge Anat Singer at his detention hearing on Friday.

Singer allowed a public defender to attend the hearing, but because Schlissel refused representation no lawyer was appointed.

Schlissel, of Modi’in Ilit, was released from prison around a month ago, after serving a 10-year sentence for stabbing three people at Jerusalem’s 2005 pride parade.

Banki was buried Monday evening in the cemetery of Kibbutz Nahshon.

“We had four children who were wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, kind, and most especially, good friends to one another,” her father, Uri, said at the funeral. “Now we are left with three, and with the shocking pain and longing that every parent would rather die than feel.”