Monday, August 05, 2019

  • Monday, August 05, 2019
  • Elder of Ziyon
As I reported Thursday, Jordan has closed the Shrine of Aaron the Prophet because a group of Jews prayed there.

Jordanian media is filled with paranoia about the incident, and the rumors and lies are off the charts. Moreover, Jordan has strengthened its antisemitic policies of not allowing Jews to enter the Kingdom with any religious objects - including kippot and tzitzit:

In an interview with Ynet, tour guide Roni Ayalon, who was with the group of tourists, described being subjected to humiliating treatment by Jordanian authorities.

“They just stripped down all of us,” he said. “They took off the women’s head scarves. All the boys’ yarmulkes were taken off. They took off everyone’s shirts to see if they had tzitzit (religious fringes) under their clothes and took [the tzitzit] off them. They confiscated any religious symbols they found on us.”

“If there was this kind of humiliation of an Arab on our side who wanted to enter Jerusalem and they would dare to tell him to take off his shirt or confiscate his Koran, there would be a world war,” Ayalon said. “All the Arabs would jump up. But they can do whatever they want to us.”
Jordanian media is flooded with photos of Jews at the site with wearing the tallit and tefillin and with a Torah - something that is literally impossible nowadays. The photos were taken in 2013 before the antisemitic rules went into effect when a group of Jews made a bar mitzvah celebration at the site.

There has been a perfect storm of events to highlight how the old fashioned Jordanian patriarchy, antisemitism and inferiority complex have been feeling under attack  - and all centered in the archaeological site of Petra.

It started with a Netflix series, Jinn, about rich Amman high-schoolers who investigate the supernatural death of a classmate in Petra. That series was attacked for its depiction of teens kissing, as well as talking about sex and smoking pot. Jordanian ministers complained about the film and there were calls to censorship that failed. Jordanians said that the series was an attack on their "honor."

Then came the trumped-up accusations against another Netflix movie that was being produced in Jordan, named Jaber, which highlights what even the Quran admits - that Jews came from Egypt through today's Jordan before crossing the Jordan river. Pressure forced the director to abandon filming.

Part of the reason is that Jordan is convinced that Israel wants to take over their country. Old and absurd accusations of Jews going to Petra to plant old fake Jewish artifacts are being reported as fact again in Jordanian media. JBC News writes, "Jews believe that this place belongs to them, as they claimed to be the builders of the pyramids, after they failed to find any historical trace of the presence of their forefathers in Palestine, which led them to fabricate certain places."

There are now debates in Jordan's parliament about allowing the "normalization" of Jews visiting the kingdom.

Former tourism minister Maha Khatib is going on TV about how she found Jews trying to bury objects in order to claim Petra as a Jewish site, and how she heroically stopped them. It is taken as a given that Jews are attempting to take over Jordan.

Interestingly, Petra is in a southern area of Jordan that no one has ever thought of as being part of historic Eretz Yisrael - it was part of Edom.  Much of the northern part was part of the Land of Israel in Biblical times, but for some reason I have not seen Jordanians worried about Israel claiming those lands. Their fears are always around Petra, because of the Biblical significance of it being a potential burial place of Aaron.

 If Jordanians were secure in its own borders and history, they would laugh at any supposed Jewish attempts to take over. But they are so insecure that they see conspiracies at every turn of Jews taking over their land. It shows how little they believe their own narratives of an Arab people that pre-date the Jews in the region.

We have lots of ideas, but we need more resources to be even more effective. Please donate today to help get the message out and to help defend Israel.

EoZTV Podcast

Podcast URL

Subscribe in podnovaSubscribe with FeedlyAdd to netvibes
addtomyyahoo4Subscribe with SubToMe

Support EoZ by shopping!

search eoz



follow me

Follow by Email


Share on Whatsapp


For $18 donation

Sample Text

EoZ's Most Popular Posts in recent years


Elder of Ziyon - حـكـيـم صـهـيـون

This blog may be a labor of love for me, but it takes a lot of effort, time and money. For over 14 years and 30,000 articles I have been providing accurate, original news that would have remained unnoticed. I've written hundreds of scoops and sometimes my reporting ends up making a real difference. I appreciate any donations you can give to keep this blog going.


Donate to fight for Israel!

Monthly subscription:
Payment options

One time donation:

subscribe via email

Follow EoZ on Twitter!

Interesting Blogs


#PayForSlay Abbas liar Academic fraud administrivia al-Qaeda algeria Alice Walker American Jews AmericanZionism Amnesty analysis anti-semitism anti-Zionism antisemitism apartheid Arab antisemitism arab refugees Arafat archaeology Ari Fuld art ASHREI B'tselem bahrain Balfour bbc BDS BDSFail Bedouin Beitunia beoz Bernie Sanders Birthright book review Brant Rosen breaking the silence Campus antisemitism Cardozo cartoon of the day Chakindas Chanukah Christians circumcision Clark Kent coexistence Community Standards conspiracy theories Cyprus Daled Amos Daphne Anson David Applebaum Davis report DCI-P Divest This double standards Egypt Elder gets results ElderToons Electronic Intifada Embassy EoZ Trump symposium eoz-symposium EoZNews eoztv Erekat Erekat lung transplant EU Euro-Mid Observer European antisemitism Facebook Facebook jail Fake Civilians 2014 Fake Civilians 2019 Farrakhan Fatah featured Features fisking flotilla Forest Rain Forward free gaza freedom of press palestinian style future martyr Gary Spedding gaza Gaza Platform George Galloway George Soros German Jewry gideon levy gilad shalit gisha Goldstone Report Good news Grapel Guardian guest post gunness Haaretz Hadassah hamas Hamas war crimes Hananya Naftali hasbara Hasby 2014 Hasby 2016 Hasby 2018 hate speech Hebron helen thomas hezbollah history Hizballah Holocaust Holocaust denial honor killing HRW Human Rights Humanitarian crisis humor huor Hypocrisy ICRC IDF IfNotNow Ilan Pappe Ilhan Omar impossible peace incitement indigenous Indonesia international law interview intransigence iran Iraq Islamic Judeophobia Islamism Israel Loves America Israeli culture Israeli high-tech J Street jabalya James Zogby jeremy bowen Jerusalem jewish fiction Jewish Voice for Peace jihad jimmy carter John Kerry jokes jonathan cook Jordan Joseph Massad Juan Cole Judaism Judea-Samaria Judean Rose Kairos Karl Vick Keith Ellison ken roth khalid amayreh Khaybar Know How to Answer Lebanon leftists Linda Sarsour Linkdump lumish mahmoud zahar Mairav Zonszein Malaysia Marc Lamont Hill max blumenthal Mazen Adi McGraw-Hill media bias Methodist Michael Lynk Michael Ross Miftah Missionaries moderate Islam Mohammed Assaf Mondoweiss moonbats Morocco Mudar Zahran music Muslim Brotherhood Naftali Bennett Nakba Nan Greer Nation of Islam Natural gas Nazi Netanyahu News nftp NGO NIF Noah Phillips norpac NYT Occupation offbeat Omar Barghouti Only in Israel Opinion Opinon oxfam PA corruption PalArab lies Palestine Papers pallywood pchr PCUSA Peace Now Peter Beinart Petra MB poetry Poland poll Poster Preoccupied Prisoners propaganda Proud to be Zionist Puar Purim purimshpiel Putin Qaradawi Qassam calendar Quora Rafah Ray Hanania real liberals reference Reuters Richard Falk Richard Silverstein Right of return Rivkah Lambert Adler Robert Werdine rogel alpher roger cohen roger waters Rutgers Saeb Erekat Sarah Schulman Saudi Arabia saudi vice self-death self-death palestinians settlements sex crimes SFSU shechita sheikh tamimi Shelly Yachimovich Shujaiyeh Simchat Torah Simona Sharoni SodaStream South Africa Speech stamps Superman Syria Tarabin Temple Mount Terrorism This is Zionism Thomas Friedman TOI Tomer Ilan Trump Tunisia Turkey UCI UK UN UNDP unesco unhrc UNICEF United Arab Emirates Unity unrwa UNRWA hate unrwa reports UNRWA-USA unwra Varda Vic Rosenthal Washington wikileaks work accident X-washing Y. Ben-David Yemen YMikarov zahran Ziesel zionist attack zoo Zionophobia Ziophobia Zvi

Best posts of the past 12 months

Nominated by EoZ readers

The EU's hypocritical use of "international law" that only applies to Israel

Blog Archive