Jordan halts film that refers to historical Jewish presence

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred outrage over the film’s portrayal of historical Jewish ties to Jordan, shining a light on the tenuous peace with neighboring Israel and prompting the government to suspend the movie’s production.

The movie, “Jaber,” follows a Jordanian boy who uncovers a stone in the rose-colored, rock-hewn city of Petra with a Hebrew inscription on it.

He sets off to sell it to the highest bidder, but interested parties in Israel find out about the find and dispatch a Russian organized crime group to pursue the boy and retrieve the stone.

Opponents of the film claim that merely discussing a historical Jewish presence in Jordan could open the door to Israeli territorial claims to the Hashemite Kingdom.

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