Jerusalem Gay Pride attack suspect lashes out in court

Jerusalem Gay Pride attack suspect lashes out in court

Jerusalem (AFP) - An ultra-Orthodox Jew accused of stabbing six people at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem weeks after his release from jail for a similar attack lashed out in court Friday, Israeli media reported.

"I do not accept this court's authority," said a defiant Yishai Shlissel, representing himself at a hearing.

"This court is part of the mechanism of evil," Haaretz newspaper's website quoted him as saying at the Jerusalem magistrate's court.

"I have no interest in cooperating at all. I do not recognise any of the regime's institutions," he said.

Police said Shlissel's detention was extended for 12 days.

In a court in southern Israel, police were taking a 41-year-old orthodox Jew for a remand hearing, after arresting him overnight for a social media posting in support of Schlissel's attempted murders.

On Thursday, the suspect wrote on his Facebook page: "Yishai Shlissel, if you decided to stab for the second time... couldn't you have carried out the job a bit more efficiently????? Unfortunately you won't be let out anytime soon, you would have at least been able to kill a few of those damned perverts!!!!!"

Police said the suspect, a resident of southern city Kirya Malachi whose name was withheld, was to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

He had told police arresting him that he would continue inciting against homosexuals, and it was his dream to be famous.

On Thursday night Shlissel stormed the parade with a knife, attacking six before being quickly arrested amid pandemonium in Jerusalem's city centre.

The parade and its hundreds of marchers pushed ahead defiantly, even with blood on the road.

A 17-year-old woman remained in serious condition while a 26-year-old man was stable. Four others had light to moderate injuries.

Shlissel was released from jail three weeks ago after having served a 10-year sentence for wounding three marchers in an attack on a Gay Pride parade in 2005.

Shlissel had posted a letter on the Internet speaking of the "abomination" of a Gay Pride parade being held in the Holy City and the need to stop it, even at the cost of one's life.

In an interview to an ultra-Orthodox new service earlier this month he said "the fight continues against those who defile" God.