2009 Shooting at Tel Aviv LGBT Center Not a Hate Crime: Police


This week, in a surprise development, police arrested four suspects in relation to the 2009 shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBT Center that left counselor Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Trubeshi, 16, dead. The case is under a gag order but some details are emerging.

Katz_trubeshiThe AP reports:

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday that the motive behind the killing was of a personal nature. He said the suspects intended to shoot someone else at the center. Instead, they opened fire on the two people they killed. Other details of the case are under court gag order.

Haaretz adds:

Telaviv3All three [suspects] are known criminals, with the killer and at least one accomplice being "soldiers" in a large, central Israeli crime organization who have been interrogated since the Bar Noar killings for arson and assault, police said.

The fourth, most recent arrest in the case is apparently of an activist in the gay community. He has been detained for allegedly knowing the motive for the murders and obstructing the investigation by not sharing that information with police. It is believed this individual is directly connected to the motive, and that he was the target of the assassination, which involved revenge.

The activist is known to support young people in the gay community and help them with decisions regarding their sexual identity. Three other suspects were arrested in connection to the murders themselves on Wednesday.

Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv today for its annual Gay Pride parade.


  1. ratbastard says

    No surprise here. Israel is basically controlled by very sophisticated organized criminal syndicates. It should be called Israel,Inc. It’s a MAJOR drug transshipment locale in addition to being a major source of street drugs production. It’s also one of the world’s premier money laundering centers and human trafficking for the so-called ‘sex trade’.

  2. Fodolodo says

    They were hired to kill a specific person and instead they just randomly shot up the LGBT Center? I don’t understand how that makes sense.

  3. guynyc says

    Israel is not controlled by very sophisticated organized criminal syndicates. There is a large network of organized crime in Israel, but there is in many other countries as well. And please cite where you get your info. because drug shipment in Israel is not as wide as you say and the “sex trade” centers are in Eastern Europe and other locations in the Middle East.

  4. says

    Wow, I came here to see crazy notions bandied about with zero relevance to this incident and to the country involved. Amazing.

  5. Randy says

    “Instead, they opened fire on the two people they killed.”

    If the reason for this is not “these people are disposable because they are LGBT”, then what is it?