Alleged Jerusalem Gay Pride Attacker Rejects Israeli Court's Authority

Yishai Schlissel's remand was extended by 12 days after he allegedly stabbed six people at capital's Pride parade on Thursday.

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

Jerusalem Magistrate's Court extended the remand of Yishai Schlissel for an additional 12 days on Friday, after he allegedly stabbed six participants in the city's Gay Pride Parade on Thursday. Schlissel – an ultra-Orthodox Jew who had served 10 years in prison for an identical attack in 2005 – refused to accept the court's jurisdiction and represented himself at the hearing.

"I do not accept this court's authority. This court does not follow the rules of the holy Torah," Schlissel said at the hearing. "This court is part of the mechanism of evil. I have no interest in cooperating at all. I do not recognize any of the regime's institutions."

Judge Chana Miriam Lomp ruled in favor of the police's request for extending Schlissel's remand, citing the danger he posed to society, the severity of the crimes attributed to him and his past offenses.

Orthodox Jewish assailant stabs participants at gay pride parade, wounding six, in Jerusalem. July 30, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, which received two of those wounded in Thursday's attack, said a 17-year-old girl hurt in the assault is still in serious condition. She was taken to Hadassah Medical Center for additional treatment. A 26-year-old man wounded in the attack was said to be in stable condition. Four other people were wounded in the incident – suffering light to moderate injuries.

After stabbing three people at the Pride Parade a decade ago, Schlissel, then 40, from Modi'in Ilit, was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2005 attack. However, in 2007, following an appeal, the Supreme Court reduced his sentence to 10 years.

Thousands of people took part in the march Thursday, which was heavily policed. In Keren Hayesod Street, Schlissel allegedly broke into the crowd and stabbed several of the marchers. He was quickly wrestled to the ground by police and arrested. Minutes after the stabbing, organizers and police agreed that the march would continue and end in the agreed-upon location in Liberty Bell Park.

After his release from prison some three weeks ago, Schlissel had returned to his hometown, where residents said he distributed handwritten pamphlets in which he called on "all Jews faithful to God" to risk "beatings and imprisonment" for the sake of preventing the parade.

A stabbing victim at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, July 30, 2015.Credit: Emil Salman

After Thursday's attack, the Judea and Samaria Police District said they were not supposed to track Schlissel after his release – even though he resides in their jurisdiction – because his crime was perpetrated in the Jerusalem district.

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