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Anger as Netflix project films Israel scene in Jordan

Anger as Netflix project films Israel scene in Jordan
By: Skynews.com Posted On: November 19, 2018 View: 32

Anger as Netflix project films Israel scene in Jordan

A Netflix production has sparked anger in Jordan after part of its capital was transformed into an Israeli street.

Cars with Israeli number plates, Hebrew-language street signs and people dressed as Israel defence force soldiers all appeared on a major street in Amman over the weekend.

The new additions were part of filming for a Netflix production that included scenes portraying Tel Aviv, according to Israeli media reports.

The transformation prompted outrage from some Amman residents who called for protests.

One resident said on Twitter they had written urgently to Jordan's Royal Film Commission (RFC) to demand an explanation.

"This farce must be stopped," they wrote. "We won't stand for Amman being used to promote the Zionist enemy."

Responding to the outcry, the RFC released a statement saying it had approved the production of an American - and not an Israeli - film in Amman.

It is unclear whether the filming was for a Netflix series or film.

While Jordan maintains diplomatic relations with Israel, most in the country are hostile to the state.

The creation of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent annexation of the West Bank was cataclysmic for Jordan, which was part of a defeated Arab coalition and received hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees.

The descendants of those displaced from historic Palestine now comprise a significant proportion of Jordan's population.

Amman residents told Sky News that several different streets had been used as filming locations for the Netflix production.

One witness said Rainbow Street, a lively city centre location known for its bars and restaurants, had been closed for most of the day on Friday and there were people dressed as soldiers and "stock-figure refugees".

Some residents speculated that Amman may have been chosen for filming because of cheaper costs compared to the Israeli capital.

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Netflix - which is yet to comment on the production controversy - announced in August that it would begin shooting its first Arabic original series in Amman.

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