One year after the murder of a 16 year-old girl, who was one of several marchers in Jerusalem’s annual Pride parade who was stabbed, Israeli security officials are amping up their protective measures to avoid a repeat of that tragedy.
The New York Times reported that in preparation for Thursday’s event, extra officers will be stationed along the parade route and will set up security checkpoints to ensure that no one is endangered. In all, hundreds of police personnel will be on hand.
An extremist ultra-Orthodox man was tried and convicted after last year’s violence. It turned out that Yishai Schlissel had been released from prison a few weeks before last year’s parade, after serving a sentence for stabbing several people at Pride in 2005.
Compared to Tel Aviv’s Pride huge celebration, drawing 200,000 revelers from around the world, Jerusalem’s is typically a far smaller, quieter affair. It’s unclear if the tragedy of last year will impact the numbers of those who plan to attend the Holy City’s parade.