JORDAN RECALLS AMBASSADOR IN ISRAEL TO PROTEST CITIZEN DETENTIONS




İrem UZUN -TDO- A few days after the 25th anniversary of the peace treaty was celebrated, Israel and Jordan are in the middle of a diplomatic crisis. Amman has announced the withdrawal for consultations of its Ambassador Ghassan al-Majali to protest against the ''inhumane and illegal'' detention by the Jewish State of two Jordanian citizens, Heba Labadi and Abdulrahman Miri. The Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said it was a ''first step'' and that Jordan considers ''Israel as fully responsible for the lives of our two citizens''.He demanded their immediate release and return to Jordan, saying on Tuesday their "health conditions have severely deteriorated". “Jordan will take the necessary legal and diplomatic measures to ensure their safe return home”, he said.

Labadi, 24, was arrested in late August at the Allenby crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank and has not been formally charged. She was interrogated for 16 days straight without being allowed to see a lawyer. Miri, 29, was also arrested at the Allenby border crossing on September 2, where he was travelling to attend a relative's wedding in the occupied West Bank."The Israelis threatened me with administrative detention if I did not confess, saying they did not have evidence against me but they could renew my detention for seven and a half years," she wrote.

Israel has not given reasons for Labadi or Miri's detention. A total of 25 Jordanian citizens are imprisoned by the Israeli occupation forces.Meanwhile, Jordanian authorities arrested an Israeli man who infiltrated the kingdom through the northern border on Tuesday.Some politicians called on the government not to release the Israeli man unless Israel frees the two detained Jordanians.Following the incident, the guard and other embassy staff returned to Israel as the embassy in Amman closed for several months.