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Israel LGBT center killings get fresh twist

Teen whose alleged rape triggered shooting reveals identity on television to deny motive, defend arrested brother.

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12th October 2013 12:21

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Four years after a shooting spree in a Tel Aviv LGBT center killed two and injured nearly a dozen, the tragedy has received a fresh twist with the police theory that it was a revenge attack for rape rejected by the alleged victim on television.

Binyamin Felician, now 19, appeared on Israel’s Channel 10 News to rebut the police claim that he had been raped by the founder of the Bar Noar center, Shaul Gonen, which propelled his elder brother Hagai to storm the center in August 2009 and fire at random.

It was only in June this year that investigators claimed a breakthrough and arrested four people: Binyamin, Hagai, a male accomplice as well as Gonen.

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