Haredi Man Arrested For Praising Gay Pride Knife Attack, Expressing Delight At Murder Of 16-Year-Old Girl
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A haredi man from Kiryat Malachi who expressed support for Yishai Shlissel and rejoiced at the death of one of his victims has been arrested by Israel Police – twice.
Gilad Kleiner took to social media platforms to express support for Shlissel’s knife attack on people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last Thursday. Kleiner was arrested and then released after Shabbat ended under terms that prohibited him from endorsing or inciting violence, Yeshiva World reported.
After Kleiner was released, one of Shlissel’s victim’s, a 16-year-old 10th grade girl, died of her wounds. Kleiner took to social media again, this time to express delight over the girl’s death.
This violated the conditions for his release and Kleiner was rearrested.
Kleiner’s attorney is Itamar Ben-Givir of the right-wing neo-Kahanist Honeinu legal aid nonprofit. He claims not to agree with his client’s message and says he representing Kleiner because Kleiner is entitled to legal representation – an odd claim for a man who accepts clients primarily on ideological grounds. Ben-Givir also reportedly pointed out what he called the “hypocrisy” of the state prosecutor who he says did not seek to imprison leftists who previously called for the murder of extreme right-wing activist Baruch Marzel or Jewish West Bank settlers. However, in those rare cases, no one attacked Marzel or anyone else – something Ben-Givir did not mention.