Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker convicted of murder

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem court has convicted an ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a gay pride parade.

Jerusalem’s District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel of murder Tuesday for last year’s deadly attack, along with multiple attempted murder charges for those he wounded.

Schlissel, who had been freed from prison weeks earlier after serving a sentence for stabbing several people at the city’s pride parade in 2005, stabbed six people at the July 30 parade. One of them, 16-year-old Shira Banki, later died of her wounds.

Jerusalem, known for its rich religious history and tradition, holds a modest gay pride parade annually in contrast to the large parade in the nearby liberal city of Tel Aviv, which drew over 100,000 people last year.

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