Demand Justice for Victims of Pride Parade Stabbing

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Target: Mr. Yehuda Weinstein, Attorney General of Israel

Goal: Apologize to victims of parade stabbing for releasing the alleged perpetrator.

At a recent pride parade in Jerusalem, six people were allegedly stabbed by a man who had just been released from prison for stabbing people at the same event a decade earlier. This is a despicable crime that could have been easily avoided if the Israeli justice system had not made such a major oversight and released this man who has clearly not been rehabilitated in the slightest. The government must apologize to the victims of this horrific crime and reexamine a criminal justice system that would allow this to happen.

The purpose of a criminal justice system is to punish criminals for breaking the law and rehabilitate them so that they can rejoin society. All too often however, it becomes a place where those who are maladjusted to normal life languish or radicalize. In the case of this stabbing, it is apparently the latter. The assailant allegedly responsible for this crime, Yishai Schlissel, is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who believes that homosexuality is akin to thievery and against god. He even believes that he was attempting to “kill in the name of god.” This does not sound like the type of man who is ready to be released from prison.

He was clearly still a danger to those around him and should have been locked up indefinitely until he relinquished his radical views. This was a huge oversight on behalf of the Israeli justice system and the six victims of this heinous crime deserve a full apology from them. Religion is not an excuse to hate, nor is it an excuse to commit violent acts. Please sign here to demand that these victims get an apology and to demand that the Israeli justice system keep a better eye on their prisoners.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Weinstein,

I am writing to you on behalf of the six victims of a recent stabbing at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem. This heinous act was allegedly committed by a religious zealot that views homosexuality as being against god and he should never have been released from prison. The suspect in question, Yishai Schlissel, was in prison for committing this very same crime a decade earlier. He claims that he wanted to “kill in the name of god.”

The notion of a criminal justice system is to rehabilitate prisoners so that they can rejoin society. If they cannot be rehabilitated or will not let go of their radical views, they must remain in prison. Releasing this man was a huge oversight on the part of your government and I believe that you owe all of the victims and their families a sincere apology. I am also writing to demand that you reexamine your sentencing and parole systems because what this man was going to do was obvious, yet he was still set free. Religion is not an excuse for hate or violence.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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