Restaurant attacked for barring armed Israeli soldier
Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, 26 March 2010
A controversy over a restaurant owner denying service to an armed, uniformed Israeli soldier is tarnishing Haifa's reputation as a model of coexistence. (Iyad Atayat/MaanImages)
An Arab-owned restaurant in the Israeli city of Haifa has been caught in a whirlwind of legal action and threats of violence after staff refused to serve a soldier in uniform, an incident that is rapidly tarnishing the city's reputation as a model of good Jewish-Arabs relations.
The soldier, Raviv Roth, has launched a damages claim for $16,000 over his treatment at Azad, a restaurant located in a bohemian neighborhood of the northern port city.
Roth's lawyer alleges that the restaurant broke anti-discrimination laws and humiliated the soldier, while Azad's owner says he only wants to ensure a r
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