A handful of Haredi Orthodox men visited Tel Aviv’s Gay Center to express solidarity after the deadly stabbing last week at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade.
The delegation of fervently Orthodox Jews, who came together and organized the visit as part of a grass-roots initiative, arrived at the center at Gan Meir on Wednesday, Haaretz reported today (Aug. 7).
“I belong to a minority group that suffers from exclusion and [the majority’s] ignorance, just like the gay community,” one of the haredi visitors, who were not identified by name, is quoted as saying. The delegation rejected the acts of Yishai Schlissel, the haredi man who on July 30 inflicted fatal wounds on Shira Banki, 16, and wounded five others. One participant called Schlissel a lunatic whose actions are resented among haredi Jews.