An Arab Israeli man was indicted on Sunday on terror charges for setting fire to a hotel during domestic riots in May.
The incident took place on May 11, at the peak of the clashes between Arabs and Jews that erupted across the country during the May conflict against Gaza’s terrorist factions and after clashes between Palestinians and police on Temple Mount.
Hassan Idd, 27, from the northern city of Acre is also accused of taking an active part in the racially motivated riots that erupted throughout the city, destroying public property.
"The defendant took a large stone and threw it several times at the door of the Efendi Hotel,” the indictment reads. “Then, through the broken glass, the defendant spilled flammable material on the hotel floor and set the door on fire… Later, others arrived with firebombs."
The indictment further stated that "after the fire subsided, others arrived at the hotel - knowing that it was owned by Jews - and sowed destruction out of sheer racism."
The attack on the Efendi fatally injured 84-years-old Aby Har Even - former head of Israel’s Space Agency and Israel Prize winner for security - who was transferred to Rambam Hospital with severe burns and suffering from smoke inhalation.
Har Even succumbed to his injuries on June 6, three weeks after the racially motivated attack on the Efendi. So far no one was charged with causing his death.
First published: 22:54, 09.05.21