A JINYOK restaurant in Jerusalem’s Beit Shemesh has closed after one year.
On Sunday, the owner, an Israeli citizen, announced on his Facebook page that he will close the restaurant, citing a lack of customers and staff.
“I have decided to close down the restaurant due to the increasing lack of demand for my specialties,” he wrote, adding that his staff will be working on new ventures.
“Many people, especially our young people, are going to our specialties in order to have the best food in Israel.
I will not be a part of this.”
The restaurant was opened in February 2013 and has been owned by Yitzhak Fuji for more than a year.
The owner did not respond to The Jerusalem Press’s request for comment on Monday.
The restaurant is located in the area where the Israeli Arab community is concentrated.
Fuji’s family is from the village of Beit Ummar, a town near Ramallah that is home to more than 80,000 Arab Israelis.
It is not the first time that Fuji has closed down a restaurant.
In 2014, he closed down his family’s restaurant, Al Jamebari, in the southern town of Sakhnin, following a wave of protests against his policies in the Arab community.
In October, a judge in the Western Galilee ordered Fuji to pay a fine of 4,000 shekels ($20), but he refused to hand over his cash or property.