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Posters Praising Antigay Attack Appear in Jerusalem

Posters Praising Antigay Attack Appear in Jerusalem

Posters praising an antigay murderer have appeared in Jerusalem.

An extremist group calling itself the Faithful Judaism has posted notices in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods that extoll the horrendous acts of Yishai Schlissel, reports The Times of Israel.

Last week, Schlissel stabbed six people with a knife during Jersulaem Pride. A 16-year-old girl, Shira Banki, died Sunday from her injuries.

While thousands in the Israeli city have public mourned the violence and Banki’s death, these posters laud Schlissel’s “self sacrifice” and express hope that similar deeds will be committed in the future.

“May all of the people of God be zealous as you,” one notice reads.

Another, titled “Blessed are you Rabbi Yishai,” quotes a chilling Old Testament verse: “Whoever spills the blood of the wicked is as if he brought a sacrifice.”

Other posters in these communities condemn the attacks. One, disseminated by a group called Truthful Judaism, reminds the reader of the Sixth Commandment of the biblical Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not murder.” Others mourn Banki's passing and criticize the government's lack of response to religious extremism.

Schlissel is currently in police custody, pending psychiatric evaluation.

Previously, Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, had stabbed three people at a Jerusalem Pride march in 2005. He was recently released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence for attempted murder and aggravated assault related to that attack. 

Tags: World, Israel

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