Israeli-Arab Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Trying to Lynch Jew in 2021

A car is set on fire during clashes between Arab and Jews in Akko, in May 2021. (Roni Ofer/Flash90)

An Israeli-Arab who tried to lynch a Jew from Akko during the 2021 Operation Guardian of the Wall was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday.

Haifa District Court judges found Adam Bashir, 25, guilty of aggravated assault with aggravated intent and rioting, all with a nationalist-ideological motive. Bashir was also ordered to pay NIS 150,000 ($43,000) in damages.

Riots broke out in several mixed Jewish-Arab cities — including Lod, Jaffa and Ramle during Israel’s two-week conflict with the Hamas terror group. Bashir threw stones at Mor Janashvili, a 30-year-old resident of Akko. While fleeing from Bashir, Janashvili crashed his car and was attacked by five other Israeli-Arabs with knives, rocks and sticks.

Janashvili’s life was saved by an Arab nurse, Fadi Qasem, who shielded him with his body and drove him to the Galilee Medical Center.

The trials of five other defendants are ongoing.

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