Friends Don’t Let Friends Dress “Jewish”

Just a friendly suggestions from your pals (lower case) in Jordan:

The Jordanian Tourism Ministry on Wednesday warned Israeli visitors not to wear outwardly Jewish garb while visiting the Hashemite Kingdom and to avoid performing Jewish rituals during their stay.

According to a copy of a ministry memo issued at the end of November, Amman instructed Jordanian tour operators to inform their Israeli counterparts to advise Israeli visitors not to wear “Jewish dress” or perform “religious rituals in public places” so as to prevent an unfriendly reaction by Jordanian citizens.

The Jordan Society of Tourism and Travel Agents forwarded on the imperative to Jordanian tour operators, one of whom forwarded a copy to The Times of Israel.

The memo did not specify what constituted Jewish clothing.

Anything by Isaac Mizrahi, for starters.

As bad as this sounds, is it that much different from the advice Jews have received in France, Germany, and elsewhere? Leave the kippahs at home if you know what’s good for you? Heck, Jews forbidden from “religious rituals in public places” on the Temple Mount—their holiest site!

Jordan is just following a well-trodden path.

PS: The territory “occupied” by Jordan today was once promised to the Jews by Britain (and before that by You-Know-Who), but don’t let that influence your thinking.

According to the Peel Commission, appointed by the British Government to investigate the cause of the 1936 Arab riots, “the field in which the Jewish National Home was to be established was understood, at the time of the Balfour Declaration, to be the whole of historic Palestine, including Transjordan.”

Yet another European betrayal! Shocker!

PPS: I love that description on the map: Arabia.

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