'Religious' Israelis banned from Jordan

8 Israelis denied entry into Jordan after border officials find talit and tefilin in bag.

January 18, 2006 16:48
1 minute read.
'Religious' Israelis banned from Jordan

flag 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


If you look like a religious Jew, forget about touring Petra. In fact, if you have a kippa, side-curls, or tzitzit dangling outside your pants, forget about going anywhere in Jordan since the Jordanians - because of security concerns - are barring entry to anyone who looks, well, too Jewish. Eight Israelis who wanted to go scuba-diving in Aqaba were turned away at the border because Jordanian customs officials found tefilin and tallitot (prayer shawl) in their bags. One of the tourists, Yoram Cohen, told Army Radio Wednesday that once the Jordanian border officials realized that they were religious they were banned entry. "During the border check the Jordanians found tefilin in our bags. When they asked what it was, we said we were religious," said Cohen. "At that moment they said 'ok, go home.' "On the Israeli side we were informed that they don't let religious people through," he said. While an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman could not confirm the details of that particular report, he did say that Israel has been "holding a dialogue" with the Jordanians about this overall issue. According to the official, the Jordanians maintain that people who look obviously Jewish or Israeli are targets for terrorists. The official said that although Israel understands the Jordanian security concerns, the symbolism of turning away someone because of a beard, side-curls, kippa or black-garb is "problematic." He said there have been reports of haredim who have not been allowed into Jordan. Sixty-three people were killed in three suicide bombing attacks in hotels in Amman on November 9, one of them an Israeli Arab. Based on "concrete information" of plans to attack Israeli and tourist targets in the country, the Foreign Ministry in August issued a travel advisory against going to Jordan. That warning is still in effect. Al-Qaida in Iraq took responsibility for the attack.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends India-Iran business forum in New Delhi, India,
May 25, 2019
Controversy in Iran amid reports Zarif met U.S. Senator