Haifa District Court Judge Nitzan Silman freed terrorist Rani Piran on Monday to house arrest with an ankle monitor.
Piran is accused of participating in multiple riots in Acre during “Operation Guardian of the Walls” in May 2021 and in the near-lynching of Mor Ganashvili.
In explaining her actions on Monday, Silman said, “It is impossible not to give significant weight to the fact that these incidents occurred over a year ago. This should demonstrate that, even if the defendant posed a threat, it has decreased with the release of tensions [between Arab and Jewish Israelis].”
Piran is charged with various offenses including terrorist acts inflicting severe injury with aggravated intent, racially motivated riots, arson and impeding a police officer under aggravated circumstances. During the riots, he allegedly threw stones, launched fireworks, committed arson, and inflicted severe, life-threatening injuries on Ganashvili.
He stands accused of engaging in unlawful activities over several days.
Attorney Haim Bleicher of the Hoenu legal organization, which represents Ganashvili, said: “The release to house arrest of a terrorist who carried out for several days attacks of arson of Jewish shops, riots and a severe lynching, this only happens in a country where life does not matter,” Arutz Sheva reported.
Bleicher added, “We expect that an appeal will be filed against the district’s decision and that the Supreme Court will rule according to the basic life interest of the State of Israel and its citizens and leave the terrorist and his friends behind bars.”
Ganashvili responded to the ruling: “I am upset, angry, I am outraged that the blood of a Jewish person was made to be worthless.”