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Israeli PM condemns multiple stabbings at Jerusalem Pride

Nick Duffy July 30, 2015

Netanyahu had said he would support surrogacy rights for gay couples before backtracking (Getty)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken out to condemn stabbings at a Pride parade in Jerusalem.

One man was arrested after an attack at Jerusalem Pride parade today, with reports that as many as six people were injured.

A police spokesman has confirmed that the person arrested was the same man who stabbed four people at the same parade in 2005.

Yishai Schlissel, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, was released three weeks ago after serving 10 years in prison for the previous attack.

Pictures were posted to Twitter of people being stretchered away with bandages and blood visible. The man was brandishing a knife in the photo.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has spoken out  to condemn the attack.

He said: “Justice will be dealt to whoever was responsible for this act. In the State of Israel, an individual’s freedom of choice is one of the country’s most basic values.”

“It is up to us to make sure that every man and woman can live in safety at all times in every way that they choose to live.

“This is how we work and this is how we will continue to do things. I wish a speedy recovery to all those injured.”

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