Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The "hate crime against gays" blamed on Chareidim turns out to be personal revenge

YNet see background by Avi Shafran Eli Yishai demands an apology
 They were four partners in crime who swore to never mention it. It was the terrible secret of the 2009 shooting at the Barnoar youth center in Tel Aviv that bound them together – an incident that sent shockwaves through the entire nation. Thousands were investigated in connection with the shootings, millions of shekels were spent to no avail, until one of the four felt betrayed and spoke to police.

On Tuesday, one day after the farce surrounding the lifting and restoring the gag order on the details of the case, the gag order on the publication of the name of the main suspect in the 2009 youth center shooting was lifted. Police said 23-year-old Pardes Katz resident Hagai Felician is suspected of shooting two people dead [...]

It has been also cleared for publication that Felician carried out the deadly attack to avenge the sexual abuse of his 15-year-old relative by a grown man he expected to be at the center.

Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Trubeshi, 16 were killed on the August 1, 2009 when a veiled man entered the Barnoar LGBT youth center in Tel Aviv and began shooting at the teens gathered there. Eleven others were injured.


  1. This was actual blood libel agasint Eli Yishai. If I were his advisor, I would tell him to sue those who blamed him for this act of murder.

  2. Your summary of the case is not accurate. It was not gay against gay. The murderer was actually from a charedi family and veered into crime. He was not gay. He believed that his brother (or close relative) was raped by a gay man and so he set out to murder that man. In the end that alleged rapist was not there, so in hatred toward the whole bunch, he shot randomly. That IS a hate crime of sorts. Anyway the murderer and his accomplice were not gay. They did get come information about the layout of the building from a gay friend of theirs (who apparently did not realize that they were planning a murder).

    I think, in the interest of accuracy, you should revise your headline.


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