(August 14, 2019 / JNS) The Jordanian government has suspended the production of a film set in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra because it references historical Jewish ties to the land.
The film, called “Jaber,” is fictional and based on a book of the same name.
It tells the story of a Jordanian boy who discovers a stone in Petra bearing a Hebrew inscription, according to AP. The boy tries to sell the stone, but when Israel hears about the find, it dispatches a Russian organized-crime group to find him and retrieve the coin at any cost.
Some in Jordan worry that mentioning any historical Jewish presence in the country could lead to Israeli territorial claims.
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