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Israelis barred from entering Jordan over kippot

JERUSALEM -- A group of Israeli tourists was prevented from entering Jordan because members of the group were wearing yarmulkes.

The group was planning to travel to the Tomb of Aaron near Petra. The tomb is believed to be the burial place of the first High Priest, Aaron, the brother of Moses.

In December, an Israeli family was denied entry to Jordan at a crossing near Eilat because the husband and the couple's sons wore kippot; they were told they could not enter Jordan with "Jewish items." After that incident, Jordan told Israeli authorities it was a one-time error, according to Channel 2. However, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official said that not allowing tourists carrying Jewish religious items in their bags to enter Jordan appears to be official policy.

Report: Israeli combat soldiers to receive full college scholarships

JERUSALEM – Israeli combat soldiers will receive full scholarships from the military to pursue a university degree or professional certification. The scholarships will be funded by the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Friends of the IDF and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, Yediot Acharonot reported.

Soldiers who are new immigrants, minorities or from disadvantaged families also will receive scholarships for higher education, according to the report.

The scholarships for combat soldiers are expected to cost about $60 million a year.

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