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Jerusalem Pride victim: Police negligence is to blame

Jerusalem Pride victim: Police negligence is to blame
Police arresting Yishai Schlissel after his deadly attack.
Police arresting Yishai Schlissel after his deadly attack. AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner

Jpost reports that a law school student who was stabbed during a vicious attack at Jerusalem Pride blames police negligence and claims they’re been incompetent in handling the case.

26-year-old Yarden Noy was stabbed in the back by Yishai Schissel, the ultra-Orthodox Jew who attacked six people at the parade, killing one. Noy suffered a puncture wound through his ribs and lungs, forcing him to stay for five days at the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

He claims police made a lot of mistakes during their investigation, and he’s concerned Schlissel won’t be prosecuted as he should.

In a phone interview, he told JPost, “The way the police dealt with me and my family was negligent in ways that make you question the way they’re dealing with the investigation.”

For example, an officer took his testimony the evening of the attack, but he wasn’t contacted by police again until three days later — and that was to tell him that his statement had been misplaced and needed to be taken again.

Moreover, five days after the stabbing, Noy claims police came to the hospital to take a DNA sample and photograph his wound, despite the fact that his bloodied shirt was already provided as evidence.

“It’s kind of amateur behavior,” Noy said, and it makes you wonder how they’ll deal with the murder itself. We hope they don’t handle the investigation the same way.”

As has been widely reported, Schlissel had been released from prison a mere three weeks before the attack — after serving 10 years for a nearly identical crime at the parade in 2005.

“I hope they’ll do their job, because they didn’t prevent a murder that they should have prevented,” Noy said. “They obviously failed their job, and now their job is to make sure that this man goes to prison for the rest of his life, and I just hope they don’t fail at that.”

“What’s really concerning me is how to make something good out of this awful event, and I don’t even know if that’s possible,” he said.

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