Three ultra-Orthodox journalists were arrested in Jordan on Wednesday after mistakenly entering a closed military zone.
The reporters, representing “Bakehilah (In the Community),” a Haredi weekly, traveled to Jordan for a special Passover and were apprehended by local military forces after entering a restricted area.
The weekly’s editor, Yitzhak Horowitz, reporter Sarah Gottleib and photographer Ezra Landau were questioned for a few hours on their return to Israel before they were free to continue their travels home.
“I can understand the Jordanians; three people – one Israeli citizen and two foreign nationals – snooping around their territory with cameras. We understood their suspiciousness,” Horowitz said after the Jordanians stopped them and pointed their rifles at the three.
Equipment such as cameras and film were confiscated, but were later returned to the journalists.
Haifa’s Chief Rabbi Shear Yeshuv Cohen was to originally to join the three, but was asked by the Jordanian Embassy not to travel in order not to cause “unnecessary attention.”