Israeli tourists with skullcaps assaulted in Jordan market (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ELHANAN MILLER 06/05/12)
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Mens’ Jewish headgear ‘provoked the sensibilities of the vendors,’
Jordanian daily reports
Six Israeli tourists were assaulted Monday in a market in southern
Jordan, local media reported, after vendors were angered by their
traditional Jewish skullcaps.
The six men and women arrived at a market in the town of Rabba, 100
kilometers (62 miles) south of the capital Amman, when one of the
vendors identified the tourists as Israeli due to mens’ skullcaps,
which “provoked the sensibilities of the vendors,” independent daily
Al-Arab Al-Yawm reported.
The vendor proceeded to assault the men with shoes, a symbol of
disdain in Arab culture. The Israeli tourists fled the area in their
cars as buyers joined the attack, the daily reported.
No information was reported on their condition or if they remained in
“Israelis are not wanted in the market,” a shopper told Al-Arab Al-
Yawm. “Those who talk about peace between Israelis and Jordanians are
delusional. The signed agreements are nothing but ink on paper. They
An Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman told The Times of Israel he was
unaware of the incident. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 06/05/12)
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