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Owner of Ohio Restaurant Attacked by Machete Assailant Slams Obama, FBI: ‘There Is a Problem in the U.S. to Mention Terrorism or Islamic Extremism’


"I didn’t come to America to have the president preach about Islam."

Police talk inside the Columbus, Ohio, restaurant where they say a man attacked several people with a machete on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. They say the man fled the scene and was later fatally shot by police. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)

Three months after a machete attack at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli in Columbus, the establishment’s owner expressed frustration at the FBI for seeming to avoid labeling the event as a terrorist attack. Hany Baransi also questioned President Barack Obama’s repeated assertions that Islam promotes peace.

“There is a problem in the U.S. to mention terrorism or Islamic extremism. Obama talks about how Muslims are peace-loving. I didn’t come to America to have the president preach about Islam,” Baransi, a Christian Arab, told the Times of Israel while on a visit to Israel, where he was born and grew up before moving to the U.S.

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