Owner of Ohio Deli Targeted by Machete Terrorist: “We Are Israeli, We Fight Back”
From: THE TOWER MAGAZINE, Shiri Moshe , February 1`4, 2016.
Hany Baransi, owner of the Columbus Mid-East Restaurant in which diners were attacked by a machete wielding assailant, describes himself as a very outspoken Israeli.
“I have an Israeli flag in my restaurant,” saud Baransi, who moved to the United States from Haifa in 1983 and said he tries to visit Israel as often as he can.
“When people [from the Arab community] ask me where I am from, I tell them I am Israeli, I am an Israeli Christian Arab.”
“You know, we are Israelis, used to this in our lives, people attacking us and wanting to kill us,” he observed. “But Americans — I have young ladies, 19, 20-years-old, they probably never heard people yelling and screaming. It was a huge experience for them. And some of them are very devastated. All of us communicate on a daily basis, and some of us, a couple of people, are still having a really hard time.”
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.”