Jordan Bans Israelis from Petra Region

The Jordanian parliament passed a law targeting Israelis interested in Petra region after reports that they are increasingly buying lands around the area.

The law passed on Tuesday bans renting or selling real estate to Israeli citizens in the ancient Petra city as part of amendment to the Petra Development and Tourism Authority law. There are plans to implement similar actions nationwide.

Petra is known to Israel as the Red Rock. It is unclear if the law would affect tourism between the two countries. According to Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism, more than 100,000 Israelis visit the country every year. Israelis are said to be visiting the country since the early 1950s and during the war between the two countries.

The Petra Development and Tourism Authority law is meant to encourage foreign investments in the area around the Petra Archaeological Park, but the amendment advocates defended the new law as a manifestation of “national sovereignty” which is “more important than foreign investments.”

Some lawmakers want to enforce the law in all regions in Jordan and not only in Petra.

The amended law describes Israel as the “enemy” and “the oppressing entity” in reference to its policies towards Palestine.

Tel Aviv has not reacted to the law passed on Tuesday in the Jordanian parliament. The law is not expected to affect diplomatic ties established between the two countries since the signing of a peace agreement in 1994.

Short URL: https://me-confidential.com/?p=12172

Posted by on Mar 17 2016. Filed under Headlines, World News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Recently Commented

  • Badia Ouadi: What about the 20/20 vision for tourism which HRH has endorsed Himself? There are hundreds of western...
  • Achraf: Wise words from a wise king. And dont forget to work hand in hand. Stability Will be à important factor
  • Mehmet: Erdogan and the Turkish government become more pathetic and miserable and unrealistic day by day.
  • Telh: Israel should take a leaf out of their book.
  • Gemma: Well on this task Jordan gets a big fat F! We need to find a more competent custodian before Al Aqsa is lost...