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February 18, 2016 3:05 pm

Christian Arab Owner of Ohio Restaurant Attacked by Machete-Wielder Mulls Returning Home to Israel

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Hany Baransi. The restaurant owner is contemplating his future in the US following the attack on his restaurant. Photo: Facebook.

Hany Baransi. The restaurant owner is contemplating his future in the US following the attack on his restaurant. Photo: Facebook.

The owner of a Columbus, Ohio restaurant is contemplating his future in the US following last week’s machete attack at his eatery, which left four people injured, Ohio’s WBNS-10TV reported on Thursday.

Hany Baransi, a Christian Arab from Haifa, said his initial response to the attack was to decide to close the Nazareth Restaurant & Deli and return home to Israel, on the grounds that he no longer feels safe where he is.

He has since changed his mind, he said at a press conference on Thursday, partly because of pressure from his wife. However, he added, though the restaurant will remain open for now, he plans to take a step back from daily operations while contemplating his next move.

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The press conference came a week after Somali immigrant Mohamed Barry stormed the restaurant and attacked diners with a machete. Barry was later shot and killed by police, and his four victims are expected to recover.

Though authorities at first believed that Barry terrorized the restaurant randomly, The Algemeiner previously reported that new information makes it seem likely it was targeted because Baransi is from Israel.

The restaurant owner told 10TV he has no doubt the incident at his establishment was a terrorist attack.

“I come from the Middle East,” he said. “I come from Israel. And, this has been a big thing here. People ask me, ‘Where are you from?’ I’m from Israel. Sometimes it offends people. I don’t know but I still am. I’m not going to change. I am what I am.”

Columbus police and the FBI investigating the attack have not ruled out its having been an act of terrorism.

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  • It is a real shame that Terrorist attacks like this are happening in the US but when you have A leader like OBAMA it is understandable, as he promotes those action by his inaction!!!

  • Jonah

    What! You did not like the welcome of Obamas new America. It surprises me that someone has not been charged with a hate crime if they attempted to defend themselves. That will most definitely happen if Obama appoints the next Supreme Court judge.

  • The inscription on the shirt of this brave man is interesting. Is he empathizing with the city of Nazareth, which has undergone a dramatic demographic change with the Arab Christian population becoming an ever-diminishing minority? Or did he have the shirt specially made to indicate that he stands firm with his restaurant following the attack? One thing for sure, he stands up for Israel.

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