Netflix irritates the Jordanians by portraying Amman as Tel Aviv


A new Netflix series currently being filmed in Amman sparked uprising in Jordan after it was revealed that the Jordanian capital is being used as a stand-in Tel Aviv where the show is set.

According to the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, the American streaming company decided to film the project in Amman due to budget constraints. The production is reportedly filming in about 50 different locations in the Jordanian capital.

Photos from the set posted on social media show vehicles with Israeli license plate and street signs in Hebrew.

Netflix footage from Amman

Netflix footage from Amman

An Al Akhbar reporter asked the producer if she could attend the shoot, but it was clear to her that the nature of the show "may not be acceptable to everyone."

When the journalist asked the producers to elaborate on the issue, she was informed that not only Amman sites should simulate Tel Aviv, but that "in some cases, it may be necessary for actors to wear IDF uniforms."

The newspaper noted that local-level production is being conducted by Jordanian company Desert Motion Pictures.

The news caused uproar among Jordanians on social networks, some of whom wondered why the issue is not getting wider coverage in the Jordanian media.

"They occupy not only our lands, but our minds too. Why is nobody talking about it?" one user asked.

Israeli Car Boards in Jordan on the Netflix Set (םילום: סרט נטפליקס עומאן רחוב אלרואי)

The Resistance Support and Combat Normalization group sent a letter to the Jordan Film Department – which authorized the production of films across the country – requiring explanations on the subject.

"Netflix is ​​filming in Amman while introducing it as Tel Aviv. From our research, producers require those interested in joining the cast to wear the IDF uniform," the organization said in the letter.

The organization also demanded to know why an Israeli film crew was allowed entry into the archaeological site of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert.


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