You are here

Activists denounce ‘normalising’ Israeli tourism in Jordan

By Suzanna Goussous - Jul 26,2018 - Last updated at Jul 26,2018

Activists are seen during a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday (Photo by Suzanna Goussous)

AMMAN — Activists on Tuesday organised a sit-in in front of the Ministry of Tourism to denounce “promoting normalisation of tourism with the Israelis”, demanding to sever ties with Israel at all levels. 

“This sit-in is to condemn the Ministry of Tourism’s latest decisions to promote Israeli tourism to Jordan… we demand cutting the ties with the occupation forces completely at all levels,” said Mohammad Absi, head of the Etharrak anti-normalisation campaign.

“All the agreements for Zionists to enter Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Petra are to provoke the Jordanian people and to pressure them into gradually accepting the enemy,” Absi stated at the protest.

Despite several attempts by The Jordan Times, officials at the Ministry of Tourism were not available for comment. 

Member of the Arab National Youth bloc Ahmad Ramahi said the protest is part of a series of events to denounce the normalisation of ties with Israel. “There is also the Israeli vegetable produce entering Jordan, which is not only unethical, but also negatively impacts the Jordanian farmers’ income,” he said.

“Since today marks a year since the two Jordanian citizens were killed at the Israeli embassy in Amman, this is another decision that we are ashamed of. How are the Zionists allowed to enter Jordan and have tourist passes while they commit crimes against humanity in Palestine?” Ramahi asked.

 “All these agreements attempt to change the people’s perspective on the Palestinian cause, whether by entering Palestine through an Israeli visa or an Israeli passport. Jordanians have sacrificed their lives for Palestine. Jordanian and Palestinian blood [is]united over one humanitarian cause over the years; these decisions will turn blood into water,” claimed Rakan Hiasat, member of Etharrak and the anti-Zionism and racism movement, adding that “the decisions issued by any authority in Jordan must go along with the state’s stance on Palestine, since Jordan is the custodian of Jerusalem’s holy sites”.

Earlier this year, Jordan tourism stakholders had claimed that Israeli agencies that organise “inbound tours”, which include a stay at Petra, instruct their tourists “not to spend a penny” on souvenirs in Jordan.

They also claimed that tourists are instructed not to stop for shopping in Petra, not even for water.

up
37 users have voted.

Comments

GIVEN THE FACTS ON THE GROUND TODAY IN JERUSALEM AND GAZA, I CAN SEE WHY PEOPLE ARE DUG IN BEHIND THEIR FEELINGS BUT THEN, WHAT IS THE SOLUTION TO THESE CARNAGE AND CHAOS?. NO ONE CAN ASSUME THAT ALL THE ISRALI CITIZENS LIKE OR WANT IS HAPPENING AROUND THEM AND JORDANIANS BARELY HAVE ANY ISRAELI FRIENDS. TO AFFECT AND INFLUENCE ANY PUBLIC POLICY, CITIZENS DO NEED MORE EDUCATION THROUGH A DIRECT FACE TO FACE DIALAUGE THROUGH TOURISM, CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND SPORTS. BY INTERACTING WITH ONE ANOTHER, CITIZENS CAN TAKE PULSE AND DECIDE WHAT KIND OF ADVISE TO TAKE HOME. THE USE OF THE NAZI GERMANY ERA AS AN EXAMPLE IS GROSS MIS-CLASSIFICATION BECAUSE THAT WAS THE DAYS OF THE DARK AGES OF MAN'S INHUMANITY TO MAN. WE NEED TO MOVE FOWARD TO OVERCOME WRONGS AND EMBRACE RIGHTS. YES, THE PALESTINIAN ISSUE IS A SHAME TO THE WHOLE WORLD EVEN SO MORE SHAMEFUL IN TH ARAB WORLD AND THEIR LEADERS. IN FACT I AM SHOCKED TO WATCH FOUR OR FIVE ARAB LEADERS JUMP INTO WAR IN YEMEN WHILE TELLING THE PALESTINIANS TO SHUT UP. I AM STRONGLY IN SUPPORT WITH THE JORDANIAN POLICY THAT TOLORATES SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INTERACTIONS AS ONE OF THE TOOLS IN THE TOOL BOX FOR PEACE AND STABILITY. LOOK AT THE WAR OF ATTRITION THAT IS BEING WAGED AGAINST QATAR AND IF I MAY ASK, FOR WHAT REASONS THAT CAN PASS THE SMELL TEST? WHY DONT WE DUKE ALL THESE AGGRESSIONS OUT IN A FOOTBALL FIELD BETWEEN THE ISRAELI TEAM AND JORDANIAN OR LEBANESE, SAUDI, EGYPTIAN, QATAR AOR UAE TEAMS INSTEAD HOLLY WARS IN THE HOLY PLACES AND RAISING UP ALL KINDS OF THE WALL OF SHAME. I AM SAM AND MY NICK NAME IS PEACE, SALAM OR SHALLUM. ITS TIME TO THROW OUT THE USELESS NUKES, GUN POWDERS AND BIG NUKE BOTTONS.!!!!

Seems like an illiberal policy. Let's prevent exchanges, meetings and economic development between 2 cultures, for what purpose?

Indeed Jordan and Jordanians are not for sale to apartheid... No one European country wanted to deal with nazi Germany except with Force. The same way should be the mechanism to deal with fascist apartheid Israel and reducing fees is the wrong approach.
The Ministry of Tourism should focus on European tourists who spends money and not Israelis who bring their food with them...

Very well spoken Dr. Ihemdi. I do agree.

WELL, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT WAY TO TURN THINGS AROUND. YOU HAVE TO SEE, SWIM, DINE AND ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH BOTH YOUR FRIENDS AND ENEMIES TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. NOTHING CAN MATCH THE FACE TO FACE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS BE IT THROUGH SPORTS, TOURISM OR EVEN EDUCATION EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. WHEN ONE LOOK AT THE WORLD CUP QUALIFING SERIES AND SEE THE STATE OF ISRAEL IN THE EUROPEAN GROUPING, DONT YOU THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT. I WILL AND HAVE ALWAYS SAID NO TO THE UN-PROPOTIONAL USE OF DEADLY FORCE TO SETTLE SCORES AND THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES SO IT IS TIME FOR NEGOCIATION BETWEEN THE CITIZENS OF BOTH STATES AND YOU CAN ONLY DO THIS THROUGH TOURISM. ONCE TOURISM UNITS THE VOICES OF THE CITIZENS, THEN ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS INTEREST CAN FOLLOW AND NOT ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS BEFORE CITIZEN TO CITIZEN TALK AND FRIENDSHIP. BOTH PARTIES SHOULD STOP SUB-LETTING THEIR PEACE EFFORTS AND NEGOCIATION TO ANY MORE THIRD PARTIES. IT HAS NOT WORKED FOR A LONG TIME AND WILL NOT WORK.

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
3 + 8 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.

Newsletter

Get top stories and blog posts emailed to you each day.