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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jordan bans Jewish religious objects

The 'Palestinian' apartheid state of Jordan, which is judenrein (free of Jews) has enacted a new law banning Jewish religious objects from the country, just like its neighbor, 'our friends, the Saudis.' A group of tourists trying to enter Jordan from Israel discovered the new law on Tuesday when their bags were searched at the border. What may be the most ludicrous part of this story is that the Jordanians - with whom Israel has a 'peace treaty' - claim that the new law is a 'safety measure' to avoid 'potential terror threats.' Right....
Thirty-six Israeli tourists on their way to Amman for a three-day tour were detained at the Sheikh Ali Hussein Crossing near Beit She'an at 6:30 a.m. and notified of a new regulation that prohibits entry into Jordan with tefillin [see picture at top left. CiJ], talitot, prayer books, Bibles or the Talmud.

"Our group was presented with two options," said Alan Novetsky, a recent immigrant from New York who was accompanied on the tour by his wife. "Either enter Jordan without religious objects or go back to Israel."

Novetsky said the group's suitcases were thoroughly searched for religious items. "They seemed to know exactly what they were looking for.

"It was very demeaning to have such a negative experience in what is billed as a friendly country. People in the group, including the tour guides, were quite shocked. No one had ever heard that Jordan imposed religious restrictions," he said.

"What made it worse was that the whole thing seemed to be directed solely at Jews. I saw Christians walking through into Jordan openly wearing crosses. Apparently, Christian religious symbols did not seem to be a problem for the Jordanians. I can well imagine the international outcry if Islamic tourists were to encounter such restrictions on their entry into Israel."
Yeah. That would be an occasion for the UN to get involved, wouldn't it. Maybe they'd send Desmond Tutu to investigate.

The Jordanians claim that this is nothing new. But it apparently is.

After their guides tried to 'bargain' with the border patrols, the group decided that they would rather return to Israel than have to hide the fact that they are Jewish.

I'm waiting to hear Condi Rice's State Department take this up with the Jordanians. Maybe we can get some prominent, well-connected Orthodox American Jews to fly Royal Jordanian from New York to Amman with their tefilin and see what happens.

Speaking of Royal Jordanian, tefilin are not mentioned on their restricted/hazardous items page. And the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism doesn't mention anything about religious objects when it discusses visa requirements either.

Hmm. Discrimination?

7 Comments:

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Ralf said...

Carl,
"judenrein" is not "free of jews" as it would be "judenfrei"
it is worse, much worse:
"judenrein" means "cleaned of jews"
Ralf

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Juggling Frogs said...

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At 1:57 PM, Blogger Juggling Frogs said...

Hmmm. I guess, like the Saudis, they would make occasional exceptions.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger kranky said...

Now Carl, you know better than to paint overt discrimination against jews as discrimination. Its just jooooooooooooooos after all.

You know, we hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings. Or get on buses with civilians and blow them up. Or we go into discos and ignite bomb vests. Or we set IEDs up on roadways to kill the peace-loving muslims. Or we riot in the streets with inchoate rage over perceived slights to our religion. Or we demand that the world adopt our world view or die.

Yeah, we commit so many terrorist acts ....

Oh wait, thats not us. And if I say who it is, the UN will come down on my derriere, pronounce me a ****phobe, and some whack-job will put a fatwa on my touchas.

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel is happy to have relations with a country that bans Jews from living there or from bringing prayer objects into it. Don't expect to hear the Israeli anti-Semites who run Israel's government utter a peep in protest of Jordanian anti-Semitism.

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Naftali2 said...

It seems that either they are being anti-Semitic jerks, or they think that these 'objects' contain power that threatens their power in unstoppable ways. It could be both from their perspective. The question is what do we Jews think about our objects?

 
At 11:10 PM, Blogger muman613 said...

Well this has motivated me to go out and buy a cheap Koran to pee on and use as cat litter for my cats. I will allow no Islamic religious objects on my property.

 

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