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February 17, 2016 10:08 am

Jerusalem’s Zion Square to Be Renamed in Honor of Teen Slain During Gay Pride March

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Zion Square in Jerusalem, pictured here, is going to be renamed "Tolerance Square" in honor of slain teen Shira Banki. Photo: wiki commons.

Zion Square in Jerusalem, pictured here, is going to be renamed “Tolerance Square” in honor of slain teen Shira Banki. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Jerusalem’s Zion Square is slated to be renamed as “Tolerance Square” in honor of 16-year-old Shira Banki who was stabbed to death last summer by a religious extremist during the city’s Gay Pride Parade in 2015.

“Zion Square in the historic heart of downtown Jerusalem – which for many years attracted protests, demonstrations and clashes – will soon become a square to represent tolerance and mutual respect in the spirit of the late Shira Banki, murdered during the Gay Pride Parade,” the Jerusalem municipality said in a statement, theJerusalem Post reported.

Banki was murdered by Yishai Schlissel, a Haredi extremist who had been released from jail after a 10-year sentence he served for stabbing people during the 2005 Gay Pride Parade. Schlissel also wounded 5 others during the 2015 attack.

“We decided together with the Bankis’ to make the square a place that promotes connection, tolerance and mutual respect, as represented by their late daughter,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said.

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  • Robert Davis

    That’s a very very bad signal for giving in to pressures of all kinds. Israel’s “leaders” never miss an opportunity to give in and do not understand this Policy makes them a favourite target for all pressures from people in need of the apparent “prestige” it gives to take on Israel. These “leaders” have no political understanding.

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