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While Israel is the one democracy in the Middle East, the one nation where people of all religions can worship freely, the same cannot be said of other places in the region. Arutz Sheva reports on a troubling instance of anti-Semitism, as Jews looking to pray at Aaron's Tomb in Jordan have been turned away because of their faith:

At the end of last week a group of tourists from Israel received permission to pray at the tomb of Aaron, brother of Moses, which is in Jordan. However, Jordanian officials refused to let them through with anything that marks them as Jewish, according to a Channel 2 news report.

The visitors wanted to enter Jordan with Yarmulkes, prayer shawls and prayer books, but Jordanian security forces told them they will not be allowed into Jordanian territory with any sort of Jewish paraphernalia, including any text written in Hebrew.

The Israeli tourists had tried to hide all the paraphernalia from view in their bags, but it was all discovered during security screenings.

The Foreign Ministry announced that it will look into the matter, and stated that this kind of conduct goes against all agreements between Israel and Jordan.

This is not the first time Jews have been asked to remove anything that will identify them as Jewish before entering the territory of Jordan...

Tags: Anti-Semitism

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