A popular Israeli amusement park under criticism for the appearance of discrimination is denying that it segregates between Jews and Arabs.

The Superland park near Tel Aviv came under fire this week after reports that it designated separate visiting times for groups of Jewish and Arab children.

Several Israeli officials lashed out at the park and the country's attorney general was asked to look into the matter. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said he was "shocked and embarrassed" about the incident.

The park said on Friday that it was open to all and had merely sought to accommodate requests from certain Jewish and Arab schools who wanted to hold separate end-of-school events at the park.

The park says it may have erred in judgment but did not act out of malice.