16 of the Third Month 5772
IsraelNN.com: Jewish Tourists Stoned in Jordan over 'Provocative Hats'
Arabic websites say religious Jewish visitors to Kerak were attacked with shoes and rocks.
Gil Ronen, June 5, 2012
Arabs in Kerak, Jordan, attacked Jewish tourists because they wore "provocative hats" and other items of clothing worn by religious Jews, according to Arab websites.
The incident took place Sunday afternoon, when a group of Jews visited the Jordanian tourist site, where a Crusader castle is located along with other attractions.
According to Al Jazeera, as translated by bloggers, "Salem Jeradat – who owns a grocery in the town – was surprised Sunday afternoon by a delegation of Jewish men and women who were wearing the clothing of religious Jews, which led him to throw his shoes at them."
"'Then the people of the town immediately approached the group, threw shoes and stones, and kicked them out of town,' Jeradat said. 'The people of Jordan do not accept the Jews entering their homeland, and the Araba Valley treaty between Jordan and the Zionist entity does not represent us.'"
Al Jazeera explained, "The idea is that those who occupy Palestine and desecrate holy places should not be allowed to roam freely in Jordan. Citizens of the town gathered in the evening in a grocery and committed themselves to prevent Jews from returning to their town."
Elder of Zion blog noted that another Jordanian website added that the Jewish tourists were wearing "provocative hats."
(Tip Credit: Jews News and Elder Of Ziyon)
Did those "hats" have profanity or epitaphs written on them? Did they have pictures of weapons printed on them?
I'll tell you what's provocative. Being Jewish is what's provocative.
No one ever wants to bring up that Jews are banned from Saudi Arabia. Are there any Jews who live in Jordan?
Let's face it. Jordanians know and fear the truth. Jordan, their make-believe country, with its artificial borders, was born into existence by the UN and the British Mandate, who were worried that the Hashamites (currently the Jordanian royal family) would be jealous of their cousins in Saudi Arabia, and have a tantrum, if they didn't get a country of their own.
And so, the made-up country of Jordan was born, and named after the real river Jordan, in an attempt to give it legitimacy.
Recently, it has been reported (finally) that many, including Jordanians, have said that "Jordan is Palestine."
That's all very well and good, except for one minor issue. Palestine is also a made up concept just like Jordan, with a made up people, pining for yet another make-believe country with yet more, man made, artificial borders.
The truth is that Jordan is just another part of Israel, the tribal territories of Re'uven and Gad, to be precise.
Thus, the term "West Bank" used to identify Yehudah and the Shomron (Judea & Samaria), is actually not such an imprecise term as I once thought, since the "East Bank" of the Jordan River (ie. Jordan) belongs to Israel as well.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, those (incredible naive) Jews visiting the tourist sites in "Jordan," wearing those "provocative hats," and having the nerve to spend money as local businesses, supporting the economy of our so-called "partners in peace," were indeed being provocative.
They had the nerve to exist, and to dare buy into the lies that Jordan is a free and safe country for people of all walks of life.
My only concern is that these Jews, or their family members or neighbors, will eventually return to Jordan, in the interest of peace, unknowingly repeating the same mistakes, expecting different results.
And we all know what that is, don't we?
Jordan is not the first country, not by a long shot, in which it is considered provocative to be Jewish. But, what my fellow Jews need to get their heads around (if they have any chance of surviving) is that it's not going to be the last, and as farfetched as it may seem, it may eventually be considered provocative existing as a Jew in the country where you are sitting right now.