Israel's Elvis Inn Welcomes Arabs And Jews

The Elvis Inn, a truck stop diner on the outskirts of a small Israeli town, is famous for uniting Jews and Arabs for a meal and to hear the King's music. Business has picked up this week at the Abu Ghosh, Israel, restaurant as locals and tourists converge on the Elvis Inn to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the legendary entertainer's death coming up Monday, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. "Elvis is something that can unite not only the Arabs and the Jews but all the people of the world. A lot of people from all over the world like this music. He is the man," said Uri Yoeli, the diner's owner. Yoeli has operated the Elvis Inn like a shrine for the past 30 years, with "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel" and other Elvis classics playing all day, and bottles of Jordan River holy water, and Arab kaffiyeh headdresses setting on shelves with Elvis key chains and miniature Elvis statues. "This is our little Graceland. Elvis is not only for the Americans. Elvis is for all the world," said Lior Bernstein, 27, who stopped by the Elvis Inn.
Source: Elvis Information Network / Updated: Aug 15, 2004 
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