Jordanian flag in Aqaba.
(photo credit: POOL NEW)
A group of American and Israeli tourists were humiliated in an allegedly antisemitic incident at the Aqaba border crossing between Jordan and Israel on Tuesday.
The tourists were heading to Petra when they were forced to go through humiliating security checks at the border crossing. The border crossing officials confiscated the men's kippot (religious skullcaps) and tzitzit (ritual fringes) and confiscated other Jewish religious items from the tourists, including bibles and prayer books. They even threatened the women saying they would have to undergo physical examinations.
The tourists were held for several hours until they were allowed to pass, although they were forbidden from bringing any Jewish religious items with them.
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