Jordanian authorities on Tuesday refused entry to Israelis, directors general of local authorities, because they wore a kippah and tzitzit. The CEOs had to remove their religious clothing in order to cross the border crossing into Jordan.
A delegation of about 100 directors general of the local authorities arrived yesterday morning at the Rabin border crossing in Eilat on its way to a study tour in Jordan. Jordanian officials at the border crossing asked the members of the delegation to lift their shirts, and refused entry to anyone wearing tzitzit or kippah.
According to one of the members of the delegation, the Jordanian examiner took the kippah from him and threw it in the trash. Those present were shocked by the Jordanians' behavior and went to the end of the line, where they removed the religious symbols. One of the CEOs collected the items of clothing, tzitzit and kippah in a bag, and returned to Eilat.
The members of the delegation chose in advance to downplay their religious symbols, and were amazed by Jordan's insistence on the issue.
One of the participants in the tour told Israel Hayom: "We wanted to put the tzitzit and kippah in our bag but they refused, we were instructed to collect everything and return it to Eilat. It's a shame, if we did something like this at the entrance to Israel or the Temple Mount and said there was no problem, just enter without a religious symbol, the whole world would condemn us."
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