Six men attending Jerusalem Pride parade have been left wounded after being stabbed by a man with a knife who ran into the crowd.

When police arrested the man, Yishai Shlissel, an Orthodox Jew, they discovered that this was not the first time he had committed violent hate crimes against the LGBT community.

In 2005 Shilissel stabbed three people attending a Jerusalem gay pride parade and served ten years in prison for that offence. He was only released three weeks ago.

Israeli Prime Minister Nenjamin Netanyahu described the crime as “a despicable hate crime”.

“In the state of Israel, the freedom of choice of an individual is one of the most basic values,” the Prime Minister said. “We must ensure that in Israel every man and woman lives confidently in any way they (choose).

“This is how we operate and this is how we will continue to operate. I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

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