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View of the Jordan River Crossing, an international border crossing between Irbid, Jordan and Beit She'an, Israel. The crossing was opened in November 1994, and is currently one of three entry/exit points between Israel and Jordan that handles tourist crossings.

An Israeli family found out the hard way that the peace treaty between Jordan and the Jewish State is an agreement that focuses primarily on the military, security, scientific and business arenas.

It is not necessarily a treaty that ensures the kind of peace that once was enjoyed between Israel and Turkey, a nation which still boasts one of the highest import figures in Israel, and which used to be one of the favorite tourism destinations for Israelis on vacation —  or which still exists between Israel and Tunisia — where the ancient synagogue on the island of Djerba attracts Jews around the world to arrive on pilgrimage each year for the holiday of Lag B’Omer — and which to this day continues to host to one of the oldest Jewish communities remaining in the Arab world.

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During this year’s Chanukah holiday, a young Jewish family arrived at the Israeli-Jordanian border to enter the Hashemite kingdom for their vacation.

At the border crossing, they were greeted by a Jordanian soldier who promptly removed the yarmulkas from the heads of the father and son. The family was then left standing at the border, bewildered, for the next two hours and then ordered to go back to Israel “in order to be rid of the yarmulkas.”

Israel’s foreign ministry said it would address the issue with Jordanian authorities.

In the introduction to the Jordanian version of the Treaty of Peace between The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and The State of Israel, the document states, “Jordanian and Israeli negotiators have signed a series of protocols establishing a mutually beneficial framework of relations in fields such as trade, transportation, tourism, communications, energy, culture, science, navigation, the environment, health and agriculture, as well as cooperatory agreements for the Jordan Valley and the Aqaba-Eilat region.”

 

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I think Jews should thank the Muslims at the border crossing for harassing & sending the Jews back to Israel. Given all the hostility by Muslims against Jews, why would Jews want to visit Jordan or any other Muslim country? It's not safe. And they hate & want to kill Jews.

  2. What's next? Confiscate your yarmulke and put this Star of David on your left chest then go on your way. As an American and gentile I would put on a yarmulke to show my support. If I'm denied entry then contact my US Representatives to hold back all the money to the Hashimite King. How's that?

  3. In this day and age gov'ts are more concerned about hurting the muslims feelings. Or I can put it another way, maybe the guard was trying to protect the family from being singled out and getting killed. The muslims don't like Jews/Christians on the mound…….how much do people have to bow down to their false idological ways….if muslims ruled the world there would be no Jews/Christians, no freedom, no peace……….but G_d WINS in the end…………….one day all will be made right in G_d's ways not allahs'

  4. The Jordanians are low-life putzes
    But the Israeli family could well be advised to get themselves some Cleveland Cavaliers ball-caps to wear when traveling to Arab countries; or maybe some non-judgemental NIke hats with the sign of the Holy Swoop

  5. Has it not occured to Hana etc. and the usual hot-headed commenters that the removal of the kippot may just have been for their protection in a country with a majority Palestinian population. Could they not have worn caps like thousands of other observant Jews when vacationing abroad. Don't start trumpeting from your Ivory Towers about rights in a region in turmoil and where we should all do our best to show how we appreciate and respect their culture in their country. I try to do that in any country I have lived in or visited, that way I make friends and not enemies. Would you like to wipe France of the map for restricting the wearing of religious symbols

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