Adam Bashir was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison for his part in the lynching attempt on Mor Ganashvili in Akko on May 12, 2021.
The Haifa District Court convicted Bashir of terror assault with the intent to cause harm after he hurled a rock at Ganashvili’s car and subsequently shattered a window with a club in an effort to gravely injure or maim Ganashvili for a nationalistic and ideological motive. Ganashvili then exited the vehicle and was beaten by the Arab mob.
The court also hand down an additional one-year suspended sentence and ordered Bashir to pay NIS 150,000 (around $43,700) in damages to Ganashvili, who was driving a car with Israeli flags.
Bashir, a resident of the coastal city, confessed to the crime and was found guilty after entering into a plea agreement on charges of aggravated assault as an act of terror, attempted aggravated assault and rioting.
“The accused held a club and intended to cause serious injury” because of an “ideological nationalist motive,” the judge said.
Israeli Arabs rioted and attacked Jews across the country during the aerial war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip in May 2021.