Jordan halts film that refers to historical Jewish presence

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, tourists point at the Treasury, in the kingdom's Petra archaeological park, southern Jordan. A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set Petra has stirred widespread 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. “Jaber” follows a Jordanian boy who uncovers a stone with a Hebrew inscription on it in the rose-colored, rock-hewn city of Petra.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A fictional caper about an antiquities heist set in an ancient Jordanian city has stirred widespread 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.

Based on a book of the same name, 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 catch wind of the find, dispatching a Russian organized crime group to pursue the boy and retrieve the stone at any cost.

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