Shira Banki, 16, a high school student, was fatally stabbed at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2015.
High school student Shira Banki, 16, was wounded stabbed at Jerusalem Gay Pride march by ultra-Orthdox Jew on July 30, 2015. On August 2nd, Shira lost her fight for life at Hadassah hospital.
The teen was one of six people stabbed by an attacker police identified as Yishai Shlissel, an Orthodox Jew released from prison in June after serving 10 years for stabbing marchers at a 2005 gay pride parade.
Hadar Elboim of Hadassah hospital said per her request, her organs will be donated.
“Our charming, happy, lively and beloved 16-year-old Shira was murdered just because she came to support her friends and any person’s right to live their life their own way,” Banki’s family said in a statement. “With no purpose but with stupidity, evilness and recklessness, her life came to an end.”
Her funeral was held Monday evening (August 3, 2015) in Kibbutz Nahshon, about an hour’s drive west of Jerusalem. It was closed to the media. Read more on CNN
Shira was a passionate and talented musician, she played this concerto at the Bet Hakerem music school six years ago.
Shira was a believer in equality and tolerance. She joined in the parade to ‘support her friends and everyone else’s right to live as they please,’ her parents said.
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah and Jewish Queer Youth and A Wider Bridge held a memorial and solidarity aseifa (gathering) at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center of New York on August 6, 2015. It was a profound expression of community. Click for the memorial program
SHIRA BANKI’S WAY
Ori Banki, father of Shira Banki, announced the launch of “Derech Shira Banki” (‘Shira Banki’s Way,’ SBW), a new organization aimed at promoting acceptance and understanding in the Israeli public. Read more
The Power of Dialogue (My Jewish Learning / March 9, 2017)
Israeli Center to Fight Hate Crime Named After Shira Banki (Out in Perth / December 17, 2016)
Jerusalem Symphony Pays Tribute to Shira Banki (Jerusalem Post / September 1, 2016)
Shira Banki’s Parents Urge Public to Attend Jerusalem Pride March (JTA / July 13, 2016)
Launching Jerusalem Pride March (A Wider Bridge / July 4, 2016)
Jerusalem Pride Murderer Sentenced to Life (A Wider Bridge / June 27, 2016)
Israel Seeks Life Plus 60 Years Prison in Jerusalem Gay Pride Stabbing Trial (i24 News / June 16, 2016)
Police Arrest Jerusalem Man Over Anti-Gay Comments (The Times of Israel / May 26, 2016)
Jerusalem Pride 2016: Bigger Than Ever (WDG / May 20, 2016)
What Will We Teach Our Children About Shira’s Murder? (WDG / May 16, 2016)
Jerusalem Pride Attacker Convicted of Murder (A Wider Bridge / April 19, 2016)
Gay Pride Tragedy Inspires Jerusalem Landmark Redesign (Haaretz / March 22, 2016)
Shira, The Good Will Win (Yedioth Ahronot / March 8, 2016)
Gay pride murder: Insurance company refuses to pay the victim’s family (Jerusalem Online / March 7, 2016)
A Memorial for Shira on Zion Square (The Times of Israel / February 15, 2016)
Torah in Memory of Shira (Jerusalem Post / January 25, 2016)
Looking Back at 2015 (A Wider Bridge / December 30, 2015)
This page is now added to A Wider Bridge’s LGBT Israel archives – so we won’t forget that extremists full of hate still live among us. Rest in peace Shira.
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