Welcome to Jordan: Check Your Yarmulke at the Border

There’s plenty of controversy in Europe, Canada and the U.S. regarding the banning of burqas and the restrictions on religious clothing and jewelry in public schools and other settings.

But so far, no one has proposed that religious items get checked at the border.

In the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, there are recent reports that yarmulkes, tefillin and hats that looked like ultra-Orthodox garb are all no-nos for businessmen entering a country officially at peace with its Jewish neighbor.

The objects are being confiscated by Jordanian tourism police from Israelis crossing the border for “security reasons” — presumably because identifiably Jewish garb would threaten their safety. According to Ynet:

The businessman grumbled that the Jordanian tourism police seemed more perturbed by the prospect that they would be identifiably Jewish — not identifiably Israeli. While he was detained at the border crossing, a bunch of young people wearing IDF training T-shirts were allowed to breeze right by.

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