Thousands Mourn Gay Victims Of Tel Aviv Attack

Israelis wave rainbow flags during a mass rally of solidarity. (AFP) LGBTQ Nation

More than 70,000 people thronged Tel Aviv on Saturday evening for an event to express solidarity with the gay community after the deadly attack on a gay youth center last week.

Israelis wave rainbow flags during a mass rally of solidarity. (AFP)

Israelis wave rainbow flags during a mass rally of solidarity. (AFP)

President Shimon Peres led political leaders in the show of support and spoke from a podium decorated with the rainbow flag.

“The bullets that hit the gay community at the beginning of the week struck us all as people, as Jews, as Israelis … criminals will not set our agenda,” Peres said in a speech.

Peres mentioned the two Israelis killed in the attack, Nir Katz, 26 and Liz Trobishi, 17, saying “the person who pointed a pistol barrel at Nir Katz and Liz Trobishi pointed it all of you, all of us, at me.”

“The creator of the world did not endow anyone with the power to murder his peer,” Peres said, adding “every person must fight against murder.”

Related: Gunman Kills 2 in Attack on Tel Aviv gay youth center.

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