2016-03-02 / Mideast

Square renaming for slain teenager

Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem will be renamed for the teenage girl who was stabbed to death last summer at the city’s gay pride parade.

The area will be called Tolerance Square in memory of Shira Banki, 16, who was killed in July by a haredi Orthodox assailant who had just been released from prison for committing a similar attack at the 2005 gay pride march. Five others were injured in the 2015 attack.

Banki, a high school student from Jerusalem, was marching to support her gay friends. Her parents donated her organs.

“Zion Square, in the historic heart of downtown Jerusalem—which for many years attracted protests, demonstrations and clashes—will soon become a square to represent tolerance and mutual respect in the spirit of the late Shira Banki, murdered during the Gay Pride Parade,” the municipality said in a statement. (JTA)

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