E. J'lem money changer jailed for laundering money for Bishara

An east Jerusalem money changer who helped Azmi Bishara receive hundreds of thousands of shekels from various sources in Arab countries was sentenced to six months in jail on Wednesday. The money changer, Firas Asila, 29, of Jerusalem's Beit Hanina neighborhood, was convicted of money laundering in a plea bargain agreement six months ago. The judge ordered him to pay the amount found in his possession - NIS 260,000 - back to the state. Bishara, a former Israeli Arab lawmaker, is suspected of treason and espionage for aiding Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War. He fled the country in 2007.