It is with great sadness that we are forced to share with you the terrible news, of the death of Shira Banki.
Shira was one of the marchers stabbed at the Jerusalem March for Pride and Tolerance on Thursday, July 30. Her condition was critical ever since. As she struggled to survive, our thoughts and prayers were with her and her family.
Shira succumbed to her injuries today, August 2, 17th of Av, at the Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.
She was only 16 at her death.
The LGBTQ community in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Open House mourn her death at the hands of a fanatic, consumed with hatred and fear. The knife that fatally injured Shira was sharpened by years of incitement. That knife targeted all those who believe in a just society, where every woman and man can live freely, without fear of violence and persecution. That knife has wounded all those who believe in life and in God’s creation.
Ignorance and fear will not discourage our uncompromising demand to live our lives as we are. Knives will not stop us. With pride and pain, with broken hearts and tearful eyes, with Shira’s memory and our unanswered prayers, we will continue to march in Jerusalem.
May the Lord comfort Shira’s family among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. May her memory be for a blessing.
The Jerusalem Open House is organizing a vigil her memory tonight at 8 pm in Zion Square (depending on the time of her funeral). more details
UPDATE: Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will send a video message to be screened at the event. The Banki family have asked that the song “A Song for Shira” by Korin Allal, the Israeli lesbian signer, to be played. Korin Allal has confirmed her performance at the family’s request.