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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Eleven Israeli police officers, including the chief of Jerusalem’s police and two district commanders, were disciplined on Sunday over a stabbing spree at the city’s Gay Pride parade by a Jewish zealot who had been flagged as a threat.

Seven of the officers were reassigned and four formally reprimanded in what Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan described as personal sanctions “on an unprecedented scale” given the “grave events which could have been prevented”.

Yishai Schlissel, who has confessed to the stabbings, is an ultra-Orthodox Jew who said in court that he had been doing God’s will by killing a 16-year-old girl and wounding five others participants in the July 30 march, which he described as a religious abomination.

Schlissel had recently been freed from prison, where he had served time for stabbing three people at the 2005 Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.

An Israeli police spokeswoman said in a statement that officers had been instructed to be on the lookout for Schlissel and bar him for this year’s event, but had failed to do so due to negligence or faulty communication.

Some of the officers who were reassigned were also barred from promotion or command positions for periods of between five and seven years, the police statement said.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

Photo: Yishai Schlissel is escorted by security personnel at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court July 31, 2015. Schlissel is suspected of stabbing and wounding six participants at a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday.  REUTERS/Muammar Awad

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  • johninPCFL

    The Kentucky zealots would say he should be freed. After all, it’s just a short step from saying that gay folks should be denied the rights and privileges of Americans and just killing them for God. Kim Davis just stopped short.

  • m s 57

    Police Commanders are disciplined, therefore justice exists in Israel. Meanwhile Netanyahu’s government “plans to demolish up to 17,000 structures, most of them on privately owned Palestinian land in the part of the illegally occupied West Bank under full Israeli military and civil rule, a UN report has found.” That is 17,000. Who will discipline the state of Israel? It’s time to confront Israel over their policies full-on, which are overtly declared to be incorporation of Judea and Samaria — Palestine as defined in 1948 at the establishment of the state of Israel. Tzipi Hotovely. Deputy Foreign Minister: “We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country,” she said. “This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologise for that.”

  • ralphkr

    Guns? I don’t need no steenking guns, I got knife.