Jerusalem Pride stabber mounted similar attack 10 years ago, police say

The same man who violently attacked pride marchers 10 years ago at Jerusalem Pride has been arrested for allegedly doing the same thing today.

One man was arrested after an attack at Jerusalem Pride parade today, with reports that as many as six people were injured.

A police spokesman has confirmed that the person arrested was the same man who stabbed four people at the same parade in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was released three weeks ago after serving 10 years in prison for the previous attack.

According to the newspaper Maariv, Schlissel wrote a letter ahead of the attack saying: “It is the obligation of every Jew to keep his soul from punishment and stop this giant desecration of God’s name next Thursday.”

“Once again, the evildoers want to have a parade of sin and of all places, in Jerusalem — city of the king of kings blessed be he — in order to defile its holiness and desecrate its holy name on Thursday. They are always looking for ways to desecrate God’s name even more.”

Pictures were posted to Twitter of people being stretchered away with bandages and blood visible. The man was brandishing a knife in the photo.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has spoken out  to condemn the attack.

He said: “Justice will be dealt to whoever was responsible for this act. In the State of Israel, an individual’s freedom of choice is one of the country’s most basic values.”

“It is up to us to make sure that every man and woman can live in safety at all times in every way that they choose to live.

“This is how we work and this is how we will continue to do things. I wish a speedy recovery to all those injured.”