Israel's President Rivlin says 'flames of hatred' have spread across Israel as thousands rally following a gay pride stabbing attack and the separate killing of a Palestinian toddler in a suspected Jewish extremist attack. Pavithra George reports.
Thousands rallied across Israel against a stabbing attack at Jersusalem's gay pride parade and the separate killing of a Palestinian toddler by suspected Jewish extremists earlier in the week. Large demonstrations were held in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv where speakers urged authorities to act against homophobia. At this rally in Jerusalem, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin warned against acts of extremism, saying flames of hatred were spreading across Israel. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN SAYING: "Flames have spread across our country, flames of violence, flames of hatred, flames of false beliefs, distorted and twisted, flames that allow bloodshed in the name of the Bible, in the name of the Jewish law, in the name of morals, in the name of love for the state of Israel." Six people were wounded, one critically, in Thursday's attack at the gay pride parade in Jersusalem - a devoutly religious city with soaring tensions among different social groups. Police said the suspect, an Ultra-Orthodox Jew - recently completed a 10-year jail term after carrying out a similar attack at the same gay pride parade a decade ago.