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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 07:09 PM

Israeli tourists with skullcaps assaulted in Jordan market

Six Israeli tourists were assaulted Monday in a market in southern Jordan, local media reported, after vendors were angered by their traditional Jewish skullcaps.

The six men and women arrived at a market in the town of Rabba, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the capital Amman, when one of the vendors identified the tourists as Israeli due to mens’ skullcaps, which “provoked the sensibilities of the vendors,” independent daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm reported.

The vendor proceeded to assault the men with shoes, a symbol of disdain in Arab culture. The Israeli tourists fled the area in their cars as buyers joined the attack, the daily reported.


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