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Report: Jordan urges tourists not to perform Jewish rites

Dec. 12, 2012 6:37 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 3:57 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) – The Jordanian tourism ministry on Wednesday warned Israeli visitors against performing Jewish rites in the country, local media reported.

The ministry urged tourism agencies to notify their Israeli counterparts that Israeli visitors should not perform Jewish rites or wear religious clothing in public places in Jordan, following complaints by citizens and restaurant owners, the Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm reported.

The ministry said performing Jewish rites or wearing Jewish clothing could be provocative in light of tensions in the region, according to the report.

In 2008 the Israeli news site Ynet reported that authorities at the Arava border crossing told tourists from Israel that they could not carry items with Jewish symbols into Jordan.

"The Jewish symbols will make it easier on terrorist elements to identify Israelis," a Jordanian official was quoted as saying.

Reports in Arabic media in June said Jewish visitors had come under attack in Amman, but Jordan's ambassador to the United States said the claims had been investigated and found to be false.

"I can assure you that Jordan takes such allegations very seriously and places great significance on promoting religious tolerance and interfaith harmony," Alia Bouran wrote to the head of an American Jewish advocacy group that had expressed concern about the reports.
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