Yishai Schlissel, the ultra-Orthodox Jew serving a life sentence for killing 16-year-old Shira Banki at last year’s Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, was hospitalized Wednesday after being assaulted by other inmates at Ayalon Prison during an argument over the murder.
Schlissel was taken to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center outside Tel Aviv, where he was treated for his injures. Police opened an investigation into the incident. According to the Ynet news website, the hospital said that the convicted killer was lightly hurt.
Last month, Schlissel was moved to a protected area of the prison and separated from the other prisoners after another physical altercation with a fellow prisoner left him hospitalized.
An initial investigation into Wednesday afternoon’s incident found that guards allowed Schlissel to go out into a courtyard of the prison wing together with two other prisoners serving sentences for convictions relating to organized crime.
An argument developed between Schlissel and the other two prisoners, apparently over the murder of Banki at the 2015 parade. The two prisoners began punching Schlissel in the face until guards — hearing the commotion — rushed in to separate them.
Last month, Schlissel was attacked after he tore up photos of a fellow inmate’s daughters he had hanging in his cell, saying the girls were “dressed immodestly.”
Enraged, the prisoner beat Schlissel until prison guards separated the two. Schlissel was hospitalized for unspecified injuries.
The prison warden placed Schlissel in solitary confinement for a number of days as a disciplinary measure.
After an evaluation by prison officials, the warden decided to give Schlissel a separate cell citing his volatile behavior.
On July 30, 2015, Schlissel went on a stabbing spree at the annual Jerusalem march, killing Banki and injuring six others.
Schlissel had been released from prison a few weeks earlier, after serving 10 years in prison for a similar but non-fatal attack at the 2005 Gay Pride parade. Days before the 2015 stabbing, Schlissel penned a handwritten anti-gay manifesto in which he called the pride march “shameful” and “blasphemous,” and alluded to plans to perpetrate another attack.
At his June sentencing hearing, Schlissel broke his silence in court for the first time, and said that religious fervor drove him to carry out his crime.
“The parade is what brings the terror attacks and the intifadas down on us, it’s what causes God’s wrath,” he told the court. “I strive to act out of my love for God, and gay pride parades are a source of hatred toward God and toward the Jewish people.”
After his arrest, Schlissel repeatedly refused legal counsel, saying he did not recognize the legal standing of the court since it does not abide by Jewish law.