What are you going to do if you lose your drug store?
The following article originally appeared on The Jerusalem Times and was translated by Liora Cohen.
For all of Israel’s chronic shortages, a major drug store has become a regular destination for people seeking cheap medication, a phenomenon that is not limited to the West Bank.
A new pharmacy has opened in a shopping center in Tel Aviv’s Haifa district, and it has become the center of an Israeli-Palestinian debate over what will happen when a major Israeli drugstore goes out of business.
The store has the look of a large pharmacy, but it has its own pharmacy, the store’s owner told The Jerusalem News, a daily newspaper covering the Israeli-occupied West Bank that was founded by American Jewish activists in the late 1980s.
The store’s name is “Shalom” (The City), and it is located in the shopping center of Haifa.
The shop is called the “Shaler Drug Store,” and the pharmacy is called “Talal.”
The store is owned by a father and son who own a chain of stores in the city, including a pharmacy that sells medicines, and a convenience store that sells foodstuffs.
The pharmacy sells medicine, but Talal sells food.
Talal’s business is thriving.
In the past year, the shop has become one of the largest stores in Haifa, with about 400 patients filling its prescriptions.
A pharmacist said that he and his wife had tried to get the store to close, but the store refused.
“We were told that the pharmacy was closed because it is a Jewish business and we are a non-Jewish business, and there was no way to reopen it,” he said.
“But we wanted to open a pharmacy because we were in the middle of a crisis.
We didn’t want to close down.”
The owner said that the store will close on Monday.
He told The News that he plans to sell the pharmacy to another shop, which he said will continue to operate in the same space as Talal.
He said that Talal’s closure is temporary.
He also said that while the store had the appearance of a big pharmacy, it is actually a small pharmacy with just 20 to 25 patients.
“We are hoping that the business will reopen, and Talal will be able to reopen, but we do not know,” he told The Journal.
“The business is in trouble, and we will see what happens.”
The shop’s owner, Shmuel Shalom, told The Israel Hayom newspaper that the closure of the Talal Drug Store is a “national tragedy.”
The store is the only one of its kind in Haifaya, he said, adding that he had been in talks with several other chains in HaIFA, but he had not been able to reach any agreements.
“I am trying to reopen Talal,” he added.
“I am hoping that Talala can reopen.”
A shopkeeper in the area, who wished to remain anonymous, told Haaretz that the Talala pharmacy is a good one for those who need medication.
“It has the same quality as the other stores in this neighborhood.
It sells drugs at the same price, but for the same patients,” he wrote.
He added that the shop sells medicine only to the residents of HaIFA and nearby neighborhoods.
The Talal pharmacy has been in operation for about three years.
The shop has a good reputation, he added, saying that there are customers who are “very pleased with the store and its products.”
“I have seen people come from all over Haifa and even the city and go to Talal for a refill, and that is a great experience for me,” he explained.
“They are also satisfied with their drugstore.”
Talal was established in 1984 by Israeli physician and activist Shmuell Eliezer.
Eliezner was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause and helped found the group Physicians for Human Rights.
In 1995, he and Talalei founded the Haifa-based Shalom Medical Center, which was a joint venture between Shalom and the city of Haafayot, in the West Hebron Hills.
The center also provided services to the Palestinian Authority, including the rehabilitation of Palestinians in Israeli jails.
The center has been the site of protests by the residents and their supporters, who have been demanding that the Haifayan administration make it more difficult for the store.
In March, a group of Palestinian citizens organized a march to Talaleeis pharmacy demanding its closure.
According to the store owner, however, the center is in a precarious position.
“As a result of the protests, we lost a lot of business,” he claimed.
“Some customers went to the other pharmacies, and others came to Talales pharmacy to buy medicine, and they did not get what they wanted.”
He added: “Some of the patients are elderly and the situation is hard.”
The Shalom pharmacy