Mother of girl slain in gay pride parade appointed to the bench

Of the 13 judges appointed on Thursday, seven were women – and one of these in particular was singled out by President Reuven Rivlin. She was Miriam Banki, better known as Mika, the mother of Shira Banki, the bright 16-year-old who was fatally stabbed in July 2015 while marching in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade.

Though heterosexual herself, Shira, came to demonstrate solidarity with her friends, and was stabbed by Yishai Schissel, a homophobic haredi man who had been jailed for an attack at the 2005 parade and been released from prison three weeks before he killed Banki.


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