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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

The Israeli flag was not permitted at the Aqaba Summit

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
3504 International Drive, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Telephone number: (202) 966 - 2664
Fax number: (202) 966 - 3110
E-mail: HKJEmbassyDC@aol.com

H.E. Ambassador Karim Kawar
Ambassador
extension # 120

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I understand that Israel's flag was not allowed to be flown in Jordan during the Aqaba summit, though the flags of Jordan, Syria, the PLO, United States and European Union adorned, not only the streets, but also the press center at the Radisson Hotel. Israel was even a participant in the summit, unlike many of those entities noted above. The idea that Israel should give up land to terrorists, only to be treated like this in the Arab world, is an outrage.

As an American Jew and supporter of Israel, I consider this show of bigotry and anti-semitism, by a country who has supposedly made peace with the Jewish state, to be a terrible insult -- certainly to Israel, but also to Jewish people everywhere.

I urge you to undertake a public, and well-publicized, apology. There cannnot be peace as long as the Arab nations, including Jordan, do not realize and accept that Israel is there to stay. I am certain that your respect for Israel, both symbolic and substantial, will be welcomed and returned by the Jewish state.

With all due respect,

Anne Lieberman,

Boulder, Colorado
United States of America