A Festering Wound Opened Anew

Seven years later, police have no leads in Tel Aviv Bar Noar shooting


For Israel LGBT community it’s a painful, lingering trauma; for the Tel Aviv police, it’s a flagship case gone cold.

The 2009 Bar Noar shooting that took the lives of 17-yearold Liz Troubishi from Holon and 26-year-old Nir Katz from Givatayim and wounded 15 others has drawn new attention this week, following the massacre of 49 people in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida.

Imri Kalmann, the chairman of Aguda – The Israeli National LGBT Task Force, said that he doesn’t know of any recent efforts by the police and the community to identify the man who attacked the “Youth Get Together” event at Bar Noar on August 1, 2009.

After the murders, many activists and other members of the LGBT community were interviewed by police, who were in frequent contact with the community. For the past few years, at least since the case against suspect Hagai Felician collapsed in early 2014, Kalmann said he doesn’t know of any outreach by police to the community.

For the LGBT community, the case remains deeply traumatic.

“It’s very much an open wound and what happened in Orlando brought this trauma back. There is the feeling of a lack of security here [in Israel] with the Bar Noar killer still free,” Kalmann said.

After the Orlando attack, a friend asked him whether the community is taking more security measures. “There is a lack of security,” he replied. “It doesn’t matter that this was on the other side of the world, it makes you realize you are a target. We aren’t confident that we’re safe or that this can’t happen again.”

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