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Bar Noar Shooter Felician Motivated By Biblical Edict To Attack Gays

The Aftermath of the Tel Aviv Shooting

The Aftermath of the Tel Aviv Shooting

According to the indictment against Hagai Felician, the gunman behind the Bar Noar shooting in Tel Aviv in 2009, he was motivated by feelings of anger, revenge and “because of the biblical edict to attack homosexuals.”

Felician
confessed his actions to an undercover officer who was placed in his jail cell. To that officer, Felician, according to the indictment, “motivated by feelings of anger and revenge, killed and tried to kill innocent young people… solely because they happened to be at the Bar Noar club.” The indictment goes on to say that “This despicable and criminal act caused the death of two people as well as grave damage to the minds and bodies of everyone who was in the club on the night of the murder.”

Felician reportedly told investigators after realizing that he had told them everything that “You have everything on me, you can give yourself a pat on the back.” Police also have voice recordings of Felician saying about the crime that “We did it smoothly, no one found out, it was quiet for four years.”

Felician told the officer that he carried out the attack because he believed that his then fifteen-year-old relative was sexually assaulted by Shaul Ganon, the founder of Bar Noar. Ganon was not at the club at the time of the assault which killed two and left eleven wounded.

That relative and Tarlan Hankishayev are thought to have been involved in the attacks. Hankishayev has not been charged, but may be charged at a later date.

The investigation took years to complete, and is the most expensive in Tel Aviv history. The break occurred when a man turned himself in confessing to helping plan the crime and turning state’s witness.

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