Shira Banki, theÂ 16-year old girl who was stabbed at Thursday’s gay pride parade in Jerusalem, has succumbed to her wounds.
On Thursday several thousand people attended Jerusalem’s gay pride parade. It was relatively peaceful and joyous, until Yishai Schlissel allegedlyÂ started stabbing people. There were six victims, some treated at the scene, some transported to the hospital. One, a 16-year old girl named Shira Banki, was critically wounded. She died today in the hospital of her wounds.
â€” Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) August 2, 2015
Yishai Schlissel had just been released from prison weeks earlier, serving 10 years of a 12 year sentence for stabbing three people at Jerusalem’s 2005 gay pride parade.Â
Schlissel reportedly had made threats before his release, and after, but before the parade, “distributed hand-written anti-gay pamphlets calling the LGBT rally ‘shameful’ and ‘blasphemous,'” the International Business Times reported.
The ultra-orthodox Jew wrote: “It is incumbent upon every Jew to risk beatings or imprisonment and together to stop the desecration for the sanctity of His name. If we refrain from declaring war, they’ll feel free to spread this shame all over the world.”
He also gave interviews to media outlets heaping scorn on the gay parade.
An LGBT advocacy group,Â Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, had organized the pride event, the Washington Blade reports.Â
â€œThe 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,â€ the group said in a statement in response to Shira Banki’s death. â€œThat 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 Godâ€™s creation.â€
Shira Banki, 16 years old. May her memory be a blessing. pic.twitter.com/OtrQRFAJgA
â€” Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 2, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuÂ saidÂ in a statement,Â “Shira was murdered for courageously supporting the principle that each and every person has the right to live their life in security and respect.”
“We will not allow this loathsome murderer to undermine the basic values upon which the Israeli society is based. We staunchly condemn this attempt to sew the seeds of hatred and violence among us and will act to bring the murderer to justice,” he added.
â€” Noga Tarnopolsky (@NTarnopolsky) August 2, 2015
Jerusalem’s mayor also denounced the “murder of this young girl at the Gay Pride Parade on the streets of Jerusalem.”
“We will continue to allow full freedom of expression in this city, we will continue to support all groups and communities, we will enhance education and tolerance for others in our school system, and we will not be deterred by those who are trying to prevent it,”Â Mayor Nir Barkat said.
The police have come under fire for not foreseeingÂ the possibilityÂ Schlissel would strike again.
Image byÂ Anna Ahronheim via Twitter
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Ted Cruz at CPAC Slams Biden, Yells U.S. Will Return to ‘Sanity,’ Screams at the Top of His Lungs ‘Freedom!’
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), fresh from near-universal condemnation over his Cancun vacation during the Lone Star State’s ice and snow storms, power outages, and water shortage, spoke at CPAC Friday morning in an apparent effort to win back some of his lost approval rating.
He screamed for nearly a minute.
“These are dark days and the media tells us this is the new Galactic Empire forever and 1000 years, but already Joe Biden and the radicals in his administration they are already overshooting, they are already going too far, their policies don’t work, they are disasters, they are bad, they are destroying jobs, they are stripping our freedom,” Cruz said, screaming out unsubstantiated falsehoods.
“There is a natural pendulum to politics and the country will come back to sanity and mark my words, 2022 is going to be a fantastic election year, and so is 2024, as we stand together and defend liberty, defend the Constitution, defend the Bill of Rights of every American. In the immortal words of William Wallace, ‘Freedom!'” he screamed.
Calm down, Ted. pic.twitter.com/iM4vrChwxK
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) February 26, 2021
Watch: CPAC Officials Beg Attendees to ‘Comply With the Law’ and ‘Work on Wearing a Mask.’ It Doesn’t Go Well.
Two administrative officials at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, kicked off Friday morning’s events by urging attendees to wear a mask to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. It did not go well.
While its parent organization claims it literally defines what conservatism is, CPAC is an annual convention of conservatives that has always embraced and catered to an extremist right wing crowd, while trying to appear more mainstream in an effort to gain credibility.
“I also want to mention one thing, and I know this might sound like a little bit of a downer,” the morning’s host, “Dan” said on stage at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. “But we also believe in property rights, and this is a private hotel, and we believe in the rule of law so we need to comply with the laws of this county that we’re in.”
“But a private hotel, just like your house, gets to set its own rules,” he explained, passing the buck to deliver the bad news to “Carly, our CPAC director.”
“Well, as Dan mentioned we are in a private facility,” she said, appearing a bit nervous, “and we do want to be respectful of the ordinances that they have, as their private property, so please everyone when you’re in the ballroom when you’re seated, you should still be wearing a mask. So if everybody can go ahead, work on that. I know I know it’s it’s not the most fun. ”
That’s when shouts of “freedom!” began.
Dan had to step back in.
“You have the right, you have the right to set own rules in your own house. And we’re borrowing somebody else’s house, so we need to comply with their rules.”
The shouts grew louder.
“So thank you all for putting on your masks, I wear a mask when I’m in the halls, and we’re going to comply with our rules.,” Dan told the audience.
“Thank you everyone have a good conference,” Carly concluded.
CPAC officials have to remind attendees to please, for the love of God, comply with the hotel’s rules and wear a mask. Unhappy people in the audience yell “freedom!” pic.twitter.com/hvoTPLKQ9J
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 26, 2021
A Bloomberg News reporter posted video of Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz refusing to set an example in his own state and not wear a mask, and others Thursday night also refusing to comply.
Just watched a #CPAC staff member ask an attendee multiple times to put his mask on. He turned toward her, coughed, and kept walking. I’d say about 60-70% of attendees are wearing masks, despite a rule requiring masks.
— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) February 26, 2021
Hitler-Praising Congresswoman’s Husband Owns Anti-Government Extremist Truck Parked Outside Capitol on Jan. 6: Report
On January 5 U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) praised Hitler as she was speaking to an anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ right wing mothers group at an event in Washington, D.C. On January 6 – the day MAGA cultists stormed the capitol in an armed insurrection – her husband, a Republican state lawmaker, parked his pickup truck, emblazoned with an anti-government extremist group’s logo, at the U.S. Capitol.
All this is according to a report at The Daily Beast, which reveals Congresswoman Miller’s husband, who is an elected member of the Illinois House of Representatives, “conceded the truck belonged to him even as he pleaded ignorance about the militia group.”
The “militia” group is the Three Percenters, one of hundreds of anti-government extremist groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups promote QAnon cultism, expanding “gun rights,” and the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won re-election.
“Army friend gave me decal,” Millers husband, Chris Miller, told The Daily Beast via email. “Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub.”
— Phoenix on Wheels (@phoenixonwheels) February 25, 2021
The Beast reports Miller “says he ‘never was member’ of the militia and ‘didn’t know anything about 3% till fake news started this fake story and read about them.'”
Here’s video from Congresswoman Miller’s January 5 speech in which she praised Hitler. She later was forced to apologize after calls for her resignation.
Here is the Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) speech quoting Hitler, made just one day before the attack on the Capitol-her is the owner of the suspicious truck seen at the Capitol on 1/6: “Hitler was right about one thing, whoever has the youth has the future.” 2/ pic.twitter.com/F9V9ILqGWo
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 26, 2021
This was posted to Chris Miller’s Facebook page:
Celebrating this exceptional country with our friends and family here in Coles County and Charleston, Illinois. It was great to see everyone in Mattoon this morning!!
As The Daily Beast notes, their report is based on research from capitolhunters, a Twitter account that has been tracking down participants in the January 6 insurrection.
Here’s the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League:
Disturbing that a vehicle displaying an anti-gov’t extremist Three Percenter sticker was parked at the Capitol. It belongs to State Rep Chris Miller, husband to US Rep Mary Miller; she said at a rally, “Hitler was right on one thing.” More on this symbol: https://t.co/qCEQ2W0k0S https://t.co/Gk8EtThCjy
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 25, 2021
You can read the full report at The Daily Beast.
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