Gay Pride marchers stabbed in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM – An assailant stabbed six people taking part in a Gay Pride march in central Jerusalem Thursday, seriously wounding two of them, Israeli police and health services said.
Police, raising an earlier casualty toll of four, said a man was arrested, without identifying him.
Public radio said the suspect was an ultra-Orthodox Jew.
The Magen David Adom, the Jewish equivalent of the Red Cross, said two of the casualties were in serious condition.
Hundreds of police are deployed to prevent violence breaking out in the highly conservative city during the annual march.
In 2015, an ultra-Orthodox Jew wounded three Gay Pride marchers in the Holy City.
The same man, released from jail three weeks ago after having served his term, could be behind Thursday’s attack, public radio said, in an unconfirmed report.
In past years, ultra-Orthodox protesters have gathered in the Mea Shearim quarter to denounce what they consider the “abomination” of homosexuality.
Israel is widely seen as having liberal gay rights policies, despite the ultra-Orthodox hostility towards homosexuals, particularly men.
The Jewish state repealed a ban on consensual same-sex sexual acts in 1988.
You may be interested
Reader photos: Beauty at Jacó BeachThe Tico Times - January 19, 2019
At The Tico Times, we love great photos of Costa Rica. Share your favorite original photos with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Reader Naomi shared…
Tico Times: Letters to the Editor (Jan. 18, 2019)The Tico Times - January 19, 2019
The Tico Times is proud to be an independent, English-language news source in Costa Rica. Our readers regularly submit editorials…
Costa Rica soccer announces squad to face United StatesAFP and The Tico Times - January 19, 2019
Costa Rica’s new men's national soccer team manager, Gustavo Matosas, summoned a revamped lineup without most of its best-known figures…