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Israeli Restaurant in Ohio Closes in Wake of Machete Attack

Ambassador Dermer with Israeli-Christian restaurant owner in Ohio (Photo: facebook/ambdermer)

In February, we told you about the horrific machete attack perpetrated on a Columbus restaurant owned by a Christian from Israel. Thankfully, the injured have recovered. But, The Times of Israel's Renee Ghert-Zand reports, Nazareth Restaurant & Deli will now be closing, perhaps because of the failure to officially identify the attack as terrorism:

Hany Baransi, the Christian Israeli Arab whose Columbus, Ohio, restaurant was attacked in February by a machete-wielding assailant, has announced he will soon file for bankruptcy and close his restaurant.

Only months ago, Baransi triumphantly reopened the Nazareth Restaurant & Deli, wielding his signature baseball in front of Israeli flags, only weeks after the attack by Mohamed Bary, a West African Muslim with a history of making radical Islamist statements.

The news was shared by Baransi on his Facebook page and came as a surprise to many who had followed his story.

Four people were injured in the attack, one seriously. All have since recovered.

Baransi blamed his financial woes on not receiving any compensation from local, state or federal governments following the attack. He said he personally footed the bill for the expensive cleanup.

“I fell $12,000 behind on payroll and tried to work out a deal with my employees so I could keep the doors open, but it didn’t work out,” the restaurateur told The Times of Israel by phone Sunday, only three weeks after returning to Columbus from a vacation in his native Haifa.

Baransi, who proudly displayed an Israeli flag at his Middle Eastern-style restaurant, is convinced he was Bary’s intended target and has consistently asserted the attack was terrorism...

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