Production of Jaber halted by Jordanian Government

Production of Jaber halted by Jordanian Government
Published: 18 August 2019 - 7:19 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

'It may be a fictional movie, but cinema is also a visual document – people believe what they see,' commented actor Ali Elayan on pulling out of the film

The Jordanian Government has halted production of a film for misrepresenting facts.

UAE local daily The National has also reported that the film claims Jewish connections to ancient land in Jordan.

This isn’t the first time the film – Jaber – has come under controversy.

Earlier, Jaber came under the scanner for its representation of “Jews’ rights to land in Jordan and occupied Palestine”, the National report stated.

The decision, to halt the production, came from an instruction of Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Al Razzaz.

Jaber tells the story of a Bedouin boy who discovers a rock with Hebrew lettering written on it. The rock holds great value, and during the boy’s attempt to sell it, he is forced to find ways to evade gangsters who are interested in it.

Opponents point out that this narrative plays into the controversial theory that Jews were brought by Moses to Petra instead of Mount Sinai before moving on to Palestine 40 years later.

Critics argue any indication of Jewish roots in the Hashemite Kingdom could lead to Israeli territorial claims.

Although this is an unlikely prospect, with the 1994 peace agreement between Israel and Jordan in place, the closure of Aaron’s Tomb when a group of Israeli pilgrims allegedly prayed there illegally at the beginning of the month is evidence that it is still a delicate topic that has the potential to spark further friction.

Filming was due to commence this month until actors began to drop out of the production, igniting a backlash by the general public across social media. Ali Elayan, due to play the role of a Jordanian police officer, was the first to pull out from the movie.

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