MK Itzik Shmuli (Zionist Union) "came out" as a homosexual on Friday, following the stabbing attack at the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade which left six people wounded.
"The knife was raised against my community," Shmuli stated. "We stayed silent; I stayed silent. No more."
"We can no longer remain silent because the knife was raised high on the neck of the entire LGBT community, my community – it will not stop there," Shmuli added. "A terrible criminal act happened again in the city of God, attacking all of us. It attacks the right of us all to be different, to make our own choices, accept our differences and accommodate each other."
"Israeli society is wounded, stabbed in the stomach," he added. "It loses its compassion for other people just because they are different. It loses its acceptance of others."
"In the name of some religion, [the attacker] pulled out his knife and began to stab once. And again. And again," said Shmuli.
Jewish law strictly forbids homosexuality, although religious figures including both chief rabbis lost no time in strongly condemning the attempted murder and noting the attack breaches Jewish law.
So far there have only been two MKs who were open about their homosexuality during their tenure – Prof. Uzi Even and Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz.