The Gaza Effect: In Shaky Economy, Arab Businesses Hit Hardest

Relations between Jews and Arab in Israel have rarely been as strained as in the past month, during which the allegiance of Israeli Arabs has been called into question.

NAZARETH – Souhel Farran doesn’t remember a month like this since he opened his popular restaurant in the heart of the touristy downtown here eight years ago. Business at Mejana, which specializes in traditional Middle Eastern fare, is down 80 percent compared with this time last year and, as Farran sees it, a host of factors are to blame.