A Jordanian woman gained tremendous fame after refusing to receive a group of Israeli tourists at her restaurant in protest of the crimes of the Jewish state against the Palestinian people.
Several professional associations and rights organizations praised the action taken by Salwa al-Barghouti when she decided to kick Israeli tourists out of her restaurant in the coastal city of al-Aqaba, 370 kilometers off the capital Amman.
Barghouti represents all the Jordanian people in their rejection of the Zionist state, said Maysara Malas, head of the Higher Executive Committee for Anti-Normalization.
“Many Jordanians take similar actions, yet nobody knows about them because the media doesn’t know what they do,” he added.
News of Barghouti’s stance spread all over Jordan and shortly after, she made headlines and several media outlets vied for posting her statements.
“I heard customers entering the restaurants speak Hebrew,” she told the press. “I felt extremely angry and remembered all the crimes Israel is committing against Palestinians, so I asked them to leave.”
Barghouti said she does not approve of the strong attention that was given to her action by the media.
“I am against dealing with Zionists in any possible way and I see this as very normal.”
The Israeli tourists who were kicked out, Barghouti added, filed a complaint against her and she was summoned by state security.
“They asked me to sign a document pledging not to mistreat tourists or kick them out of my restaurant again, but I refused.”
Barghouti insisted on her stance and stressed that she will act in the same way if a similar situation takes places.
“My position will never change and I will never allow Israelis into my restaurant,” she concluded.
(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid).
My position will never change and I will never allow Israelis into my restaurant
Jordanian restaurant owner Salwa al-Barghouti