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Gay center attack / Top cop: Shooting may not have been hate crime

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The gay center in Tel Aviv after the shooting attack on Saturday.
Limor Edery
By Jonathan Lis
Police Commissioner David Cohen called on the public not to blame specific sectors of the community for the attack Saturday night on a gay community center in Tel Aviv. Two people were killed in the armed assault – Nir Katz, 26, of Givatayim and Liz Trobishi,16, of Holon – and fifteen others were injured.

Cohen hinted that the attack may not have been a hate crime against homosexuals. At a meeting yesterday assessing the status of the case, he cautioned against implicating segments of the society “regarding suspicions and possible directions [of the investigation].”

The police presence in the area around the Tel Aviv community center has remained heavy since the attack, as detectives look for evidence which the assailant may have left behind and question potential eyewitnesses in the area. Among the angles the police are exploring is the possibility that the attack was prompted by a personal dispute. A source involved in the investigation noted that “there is no clear evidence at this stage indicating that this was a hate crime.” Other sources said the investigation was expected to be lengthy.

Four victims of the attack still remain in Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. One of the four is listed in serious condition, two in moderate condition, and one is suffering light injuries. Or Gil, who was wounded in the shoulder and leg, said yesterday that “to be attacked is a horrible feeling … but the [gay] community will not surrender to this act.”

With regard to his friends who were also hospitalized, Gil said that it was a very difficult way for some of their families to discover they were homosexual: “It is a very hard way to come out of the closet.” He asked the parents of those who were injured to support their children, and worry about their medical condition rather than their sexual orientation.

Gil told reporters that a masked man dressed in black entered the center. At first he thought it was a prank, but then the intruder started shooting. Gil recounted how people hid under tables and a bed, but there were no screams. Many members of the gay and lesbian community visited the victims at Ichilov Hospital yesterday. Among them was Thomas Schmidt, whose partner, Nir Katz, was killed in the attack. Yuval Goren, Ofri Ilani and Noah Kosharek contributed to this report.



  1. politicaltheatrics said,

    August 4, 2009 at 16:01

    So when someone from the Arab community commits a crime it is perfectly fine to blame every single Arab,Islam etc
    But when a Jew/Zionist Jew commits a crime then that is where the line is drawn?

    Bloody ZioNaz’s,I pray their faces meet the asphalt soon

  2. Katz Freedman said,

    August 4, 2009 at 16:39

    Israelis take note: If you create a fascist state, based on theology, you will get this more and more. The same people toss bottles and trash at women at the Wailing Wall. The same people hollar about strict codes, and the right of the g-d of Israel to own land, or to deed land.
    You won’t be gay, and Israeli. You won’t do this, and you won’t marry outside. Your life is controlled. If you protest, you are a self hating Jew.
    You will live in hell.

  3. maggie said,

    August 4, 2009 at 18:48

    How much you want to bet that they’ll spin this in such a way that it’s someone else’s fault and an attack on israel? I’m willing to bet that they’ll either blame it on an Arab, or some “sick, misguided” American Jew.

  4. llienomot said,

    August 4, 2009 at 21:57

    It is perfectly possible that this was gay on gay violence in exactly the same way as the vast majority of school shootings are student on student violence. You seem to be jumping to the conclusion that because the victims were gay the perpetrator must be homophobic.

  5. robertsgt40 said,

    August 5, 2009 at 13:47

    Could be a lover’s spat

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