About 5,000 people celebrating the event were marching along an avenue when a man jumped into the crowd, apparently from a supermarket, and plunged a knife into some of the participants, witnesses said.
“We heard people screaming, everyone ran for cover, and there were bloodied people on the ground,” Shai Aviyor, a witness interviewed on Israel’s Channel 2, said.
Left, right, secular and religious leaders in Israel immediately condemned the attack, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “a despicable hate crime.”
Jerusalem Police chief Chico Edry said the police had “no advance information” on plans to attack the march. As Edry was speaking to reporters, a protester broke into a TV broadcast to denounce him for failing to prevent the attack. “Shame on the police,” the protester said.
“The writing was on the wall,” Channel 2’s reporter Moshe Nussbaum said. “Everybody knew, except the police… about Shissel’s intentions.”
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