Five Police Officers Likely to Be Reassigned After Jeruslem Gay Pride Failings

No intelligence was provided on assailant who killed one person and wounded five others.

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Jerusalem police chief Moshe Edri.
Jerusalem police chief Moshe Edri.Credit: Emil Salman
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

The committee examining the Israel Police’s performance before and during last month’s Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, at which a released prisoner stabbed a teenager to death and wounded five others, is expected to recommend the removal of five senior officers from their operational posts, sources say.

Jerusalem Police Commander Maj. Gen. Moshe Edri is expected to be reprimanded, but was not found to have displayed negligence that justifies his being dismissed.

The five officers to be removed will apparently not be discharged from the police, but will be reassigned to staff positions. Most serve in intelligence and security positions and were responsible for providing information and support to the security forces before and during the parade.

The committee was established after Yishai Schlissel, who had been released from prison shortly before the parade after serving a 10-year sentence for stabbing and wounding three people at the same parade in 2005, stabbed Shira Banki to death at last month’s march and wounded five others.

The panel has yet to complete its work. It is currently examining the circumstances under which the names of six potential troublemakers were passed from the Jerusalem District Police to the investigation and intelligence branch before the march, but intelligence information was returned on only five of them. Schlissel’s name was left out. The Jerusalem Police say that a warning about Schlissel was sent to the investigation and intelligence branch, but that the latter did not respond with information that lit any red lights.

Various sources on the committee and in the police district said that if any senior commander should take responsibility, it is Cmdr. Tomer Badash, head of the Jerusalem Central Unit, which mishandled the information about Schlissel, sources say.

The committee is reviewing the police preparations for the parade and how the parade was handled – the gathering of intelligence and its analysis before the parade and the quality of communications with the Israel Prison Service regarding Schlissel’s release. The operational plans for the day of the parade, as well as the police’s deployment and response to the stabbing, are also being examined.

The committee comprises senior officers from different police units – three brigadier-generals and three commanders, along with two chief superintendents. Except for retired chief superintendent Avi Roif, a former commander in Jerusalem familiar with the Haredi community, all are in active police service.

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