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Mother of Jerusalem Gay Pride attacker speaks out

Mother of Jerusalem Gay Pride attacker speaks out
Yishai Schlissel is detained by plain-clothes police officers.
Yishai Schlissel is detained by plain-clothes police officers. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

Haaretz reports that the mother of the man who stabbed six marchers and killed one during Jerusalem Gay Pride said she regrets her son’s actions.

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Talking to family members of Shira Banki, 16, who died of her wounds three days after the attack, Rivka Schlissel said, “We think it’s really a great tragedy, we regret it very much and pray for the recovery of the wounded.”

Ultra-Orthodox Yishai Schlissel is currently in police custody and has been deemed fit to stand trial. He’d been released from prison three weeks earlier after serving 10 years for a similar attack at Jerusalem’s 2005 gay pride parade.

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According to Walla, Schlissel’s family and community is under investigation by the Jerusalem District Police, who are trying to find out if anyone else knew of his plans before he carried out the attack. They’re also checking calls made to and from his phone in the days before his rampage.

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