The Bat Yam restaurant that employed the Palestinian man who murdered IDF
soldier Tomer Hazan over the weekend will close for the coming week, the
ownership announced on Sunday.
The came after a raucous demonstration
outside the restaurant the night before.
In a banner hanging outside
Tzachi Meats on Herzl Street in the center of the city on Sunday morning, the
restaurant announced that they would take a week off in solidarity with the
family, adding that they are in shock and pain.
The night before, a group
of around a hundred locals had gathered outside the restaurant, calling for a
boycott or worse of the restaurant, which had employed both Hazan and his
killer, 42-year-old Nidal Amar.
The IDF confirmed Saturday that Amar had
been working in Israel illegally, and that a request to enter Israel under the
family reunification law was rejected.
Amar’s brother, a former Tanzim
operative, is serving a 30-year-sentence in Hadarim Prison for his role in
planning a suicide bombing.
But in a Facebook post on Saturday night,
restaurant owner Tzahi Entebbe said that Amar had legal work documents, and
denied ever employing illegal Palestinian laborers.
“We are already in
pain over the boy who was murdered, please don’t add to this pain... I never
employed illegal workers... Many people met Nidal and I am shocked that
the Shin Bet, which gave him the permit, did not warn me that he had a brother
He added: “My family and I are in shock, as is all of the
crew of course. We all worked with Nidal every day, and he never showed
any signs of hating Jews; the opposite, actually.”
An official with the
Tel Aviv police said that Entebbe would be undergoing investigation at the Ramle
headquarters of the police’s Serious Crimes Unit.
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