Jordanian restaurant accused of ousting Israelis

December 8, 2010 11:16

AMMAN, Jordan — A New York-based human rights group urged Jordanian authorities Tuesday to investigate accusations that a restaurant owner refused to serve Israeli Jews.

Human Rights Watch said Salwa Barghouti, the Jordanian-Palestinian owner of Jifra restaurant in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, told the group that she asked two Israeli tourists last week to leave her seaside restaurant "because they were Israeli."Despite a peace treaty signed in 1994, anti-Israeli sentiment runs high in Jordan, where roughly half of the population of 6 million are from Palestinian families displaced in two Mideast wars.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement that Jordan was bound by its international obligations to prohibit and eliminate racial discrimination in public places.

It demanded that Jordan introduce laws to address such incidents.

Barghouti and government officials did not answer repeated AP calls.

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