'Talmudic Dance' in Jordan Airport Sparks Furor

Jordanian parliament angrily debates and locals denounce 'pig Jews,' following Jewish dance circle in Amman airport.

Ari Yashar,

Jordanian protesters (file)
Jordanian protesters (file)
Reuters

A group of Israeli Jews sparked rage in Jordan on Tuesday morning in an incident at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Their "controversial act" - dancing in a circle, playing a guitar and singing.

And yet the impromptu dance circle, accompanied by a song in Hebrew celebrating marriage, was warped into a "ritual Talmudic dance" by Jordanians on social media, leading the nation's parliament to denounce the incidents.

The dance number was caught on film by other passengers waiting at the airport terminal, and quickly spread on social media like wildfire where it was falsely termed a "victory" dance celebrating the "occupation" of Israel - an ironic claim given that Jordan occupied the Jewish Biblical heartland of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem following the 1948 War of Independence up until the 1967 Six Day War.

The Jordanian Times reports that on Tuesday Jordanian MPs debated the "ritual dance" in a Lower House session. MPs Yihya Saud, Bassam Btoush and Tarek Khoury slammed the country's "inaction" over the "provocative" dance by "Zionist Israelis."

But Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein Majali tried to play down the dance, noting it was no more than five minutes long and airport security escorted the Israelis to their plane immediately after it was raised to their attention.

One Jordanian doctor in the Health Ministry took to Twitter, where he wrote "he who was sitting in the airport and saw the dance and wasn't provoked is a pig and more pig-like than the Jews themselves."

Hamas also piped up to comment on the incident, with the editor-in-chief of the terrorist group's media outlet Siraj Media writing on Twitter that the dance "isn't the problem, but rather the acceptance of Israel as a reality."

The peace treaty between Israel and Jordan, signed in 1994, has often been in a tenuous position, with Jordan threatening on several occasions in recent months to revoke the treaty so as to pressure Israel to allow the Jordanian Waqf to continue denying Jews their rights to pray at the Temple Mount, which has been left under the Waqf's de facto authority.

Jordan itself, which was created by the British after World War Two, is made up of a majority of Palestinian Arabs, and nearly all Arab residents of Judea and Samaria hold Jordanian citizenship, leading many to suggest creating a "Palestine" in Jordan.




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