An Israeli teenager died on Sunday of stab wounds sustained when an ultra-Orthodox man with a knife attacked a Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem three days ago, police said.
High school student Shira Banki, 16, was one of six people wounded in the assault. Her death highlighted the city’s sharp social divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews.
“We reject with disgust any attempt to impose hatred and violence among us and will bring the murderer to justice,” it said. “Shira was murdered because she bravely supported the principle that everyone has the right to live their lives respectfully and with security.”
The annual parade in Jerusalem, which drew about 5,000 this year, has long been a focus of tension betweenIsrael’s predominant secular majority and the ultra-Orthodox Jewish minority, who object to public displays of homosexuality.
The same event every year in Tel Aviv generally passes peacefully as secular Jews hold greater sway in what is the country’s entertainment and business hub.
The stabbings shocked Israel and drew condemnations from across the political spectrum. Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, warned “we must not be deluded, a lack of tolerance will lead us to disaster.”