Kristine L Ming

Jerusalem chief rabbi visits victims of gay pride parade stabbing spree

Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Aryeh Stern visited on Friday the victims of Thursday’s stabbing attack who were taking part in the Jerusalem pride march.

He spoke with those injured and denounced the attack as “totally contrary to the Torah” during his visit to the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital where the victims are being treated

“This is a day for prayer for the injured and for unity,” said Stern

“The person that committed this sinful act is a criminal in every way, and his intention to kill Jews is something which is terrifying.

“Differences of opinion and dispute are legitimate and will continue but raising ones hand against ones fellow is forbidden”

Stern added that the religious community “does not and will not tolerate such acts,” and continued saying “people who believe in the fear of Heaven are very distant from these deeds.

Senior United Torah Judaism MK Moshe Gafni also spoke out strongly against the attacker, Yishai Shlisl.

“The Torah of the Jewish people is the Torah of life and the value of life is above everything,” said the Haredi lawmaker.

“The attempt to kill and injure is something severe which we utterly reject, and is something which is opposed by Judaism, morality Jewish law and our path since we have been a people,” continued Gafni.

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