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Janashvilli opposes parole of his attacker

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Mor Janashvilli (seated in wheelchair) and his brother; Photo credit: Honenu

Monday, August 29, 2022, 11:06 Mor Janashvilli was injured in a brutal attack in Acco during Operation Guardian of the Walls. Recently, Janashvilli wrote a letter to the Prison Service parole board demanding that they not grant one of the terrorists who injured him, Bilal Hiluani, a one-third reduction in his sentence. Honenu Attorney Chayim Bleicher, who is representing Janashvilli and assisting him with realizing his rights as a victim of terror, filed the letter on his behalf. Soon, a hearing is expected to be held on Hiluani's request for parole.

Summary of the letter:

On May 12, 2021, the terrorist, Bilal Hiluani, took part in the rioting and the brutal attack that was an attempt to murder me. Only by a miracle did I survive the cruel incident. The terrorist inflamed the murderous mob by calling out "The boy died!" even though he saw and knew that nobody had died. He incited the mob to continue attacking me with rocks, clubs, metal rods, and knives because I had supposedly killed one of the rioters. [The rioters falsely accused Janashvilli of running over one of the young rioters.]

My head and my entire body were injured in the attack. I suffer from a severe psychiatric disability and neurological paralysis in one of my legs. I feel like they murdered my soul. My life will not return to what it had been previously. Since the attack, I have been in daily rehabilitation. I was in Beit Levinstein Rehabilitation Center for over half a year, and I constantly suffer.

The terrorist received only a one-year sentence although he participated in an extremely serious attack in which every perpetrator did his part and together they caused tragedy to their victims. Motivated by nationalism and racism, the terrorist and his friends cruelly injured me only because I am a Jew, as the court determined. The penalty handed down to the terrorist, only one year, is more lenient than what he deserved, as the head of the panel of judges stated in court. The lenient penalty was given in a plea bargain in consideration of the terrorist's admission.

A further reduction of the terrorist's penalty is unacceptable. His early release will severely harm me and my trust in the judicial system of the State that is dear to us. I think that it will also severely damage the deterrence factor against terror and terrorists and public trust in the legal system. I demand that he remain behind bars for the entire sentence handed down to him by the court. That is the minimum in this case.

Bilal Hiluani is one of the many terrorists who were detained and tried for the brutal attack of Janashvilli. At the time of Operation Guardian of the Walls, May 2021, Janashvilli was attacked in Acco by dozens of Arab rioters who pelted his car with large rocks, heavy furniture, and anything else they could get their hands on. Janashvilli lost control of his car, drove it into a wall and was forced to flee. The Arab mob beat him and kicked him until he collapsed on the ground in a semi-conscious state. He was saved at the last moment, apparently by Arabs who called the emergency services. He was evacuated by ambulance to the hospital, suffering from bruises on his entire body, broken bones, cuts on his face, partial paralysis in his left leg, headaches and dizziness.

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