The Volokh Conspiracy
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Last week, Somali immigrant Mohamed Barry attacked with a machete patrons at the Nazareth restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. While authorities initially said they believed that Barry chose the restaurant randomly for a "lone wolf" attack, it now seems likely that the restaurant was targeted because the owner, Hany Baransi, is from Israel, and proudly displayed an Israeli flag in his window. According to Baransi, Barry asked a server a half-hour before the attack where the owner was from, and she confirmed that Baransi was from Israel.
The Tower has an exclusive interview with Baransi, a Christian from Haifa.
When asked whether he would consider removing the Israeli flag seen from his restaurant's entryway as a precaution, Baransi swiftly rejected the idea.
"Actually I have another flag, and I am going to get a bigger flag, and I am going to get a Star of David necklace and put it on my chest, and I am going to get a tattoo," he declared. "Honest to God, I am not kidding. They don't scare me. We are Israelis. We are Israelis. We are resilient, we fight back."
"We are used to these bastards," he added. "We are used to these kinds of attacks, that they hate us just for what we are. They don't know us, they don't know anything about us, and they do that. You know, I don't care if I was an Arab or not, because I am an Israeli, and if you don't like Israelis you don't like me."