Prominent Israeli actor Moshe Ivgy, who was convicted earlier this year of indecent assault, was sentenced on Thursday to six months' community service. The Haifa magistrates court also ruled that Ivgy, 66, must pay 10,000 shekels damages to the complainant, and gave him a six months' suspended sentence.  The original charges, relating to sexual assault accusations that first surfaced in 2016, cited complaints from four women of indecent acts and sexual harassment.

Ivgy's lawyer said his client was disappointed with the sentence and is considering appealing.  Prosecutors had sought a 15-month sentence.

Advocacy groups for women and victims of sexual assault denounced the punishment as too lenient. Orit Sulitzeanu, Executive Director of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel called on the Israeli entertainment industry to turn its back on Ivgy, and on prosecutors to seek a harsher sentence. She spoke to KAN's Naomi Segal.