[Pnews] Jordanian Detained by Israel Says He was Used as 'Bargaining Chip' for Jordan Valley Lands

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  Jordanian Detained by Israel Says He was Used as 'Bargaining Chip' for
  Jordan Valley Lands

November 10, 2019

A Jordanian man formerly detained in Israel has accused the neighboring 
country of using him and another prisoner as “bargaining chips” to 
prevent the loss of two Jordan Valley territories.

Abdul Rahman Miri, a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian descent, was held 
by the Israeli authorities for months without charge alongside fellow 
Jordanian Heba al-Labadi.

Their detention was not the only issue causing a diplomatic scuffle 
between Israel and Jordan over the past months, however.

    After months of detention, two Jordanian  prisoners Hiba al-Labadi
    and Abdul Rahman Miri were released from Israeli  prison after a
    diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
    pic.twitter.com/p5n0pRxMb4 <https://t.co/p5n0pRxMb4>

    — a21middleeastnews (@a21middleeastn1) November 9, 2019

The kingdom announced last year it would not extend a lease to Israel on 
two pieces of land in the Jordan Valley, ending 25 years of de facto 
Israeli authority over the Al-Baqura and Al-Ghamar areas.

Despite Jordan announcing its intention a year in advance of the leases’ 
expiration, Israeli officials and civilians in the valley have 
reportedly continued to hold out hope that Israeli farmers will continue 
to be able to live and work on the land.

    releases Jordanian nationals, Hiba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Miri,
    without charges. Labadi and Miri were imprisoned for the past two
    months without trial.
    More: https://t.co/ijpIaH9XWy pic.twitter.com/uXXsfupaCc

    — i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) November 6, 2019

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting held by the National Committee 
for Jordanian Detainees and Missing Persons Held in Israeli Prisons on 
Friday, Miri alleged that the Israeli authorities had attempted to use 
his and Labadi’s detention as a “bargaining chip” with which to secure 
the continued lease of al-Baqura and al-Ghamar.

The Wadi Araba peace deal, signed in 1994, restored diplomatic and 
economic relations between Jordan and Israel. As part of the agreement, 
the kingdom leased Israel the Jordan Valley farmlands.

    RT PalestineChron "Al Baqura and Al Ghamar are back in Jordan, where
    they belong. https://t.co/YhZke3LXVE via PalestineChron"

    — Richard Hardigan (@RichardHardigan) November 8, 2019

The agreement is highly contentious in Jordan, of which a significant 
number of citizens are of Palestinian descent. Anti-normalization 
activists in the kingdom have previously called for the cancellation of 
the Wadi Araba treaty.

Miri and Labadi returned to Jordan on Wednesday after months in 
detention, where they were allegedly tortured after being accused of 
links to Hezbollah and Hamas.

    In protest of Israeli officials' refusal to release Jordanians Hiba
    al-Labadi & Abdul Rahman Miri, detained by the criminal zionist
    regime for several weeks without charges, #Jordan
    recalled its ambassador for consultations on Tuesday.
    https://t.co/CfusYOCw8y #apartheid

    — Jinjirrie (@Jinjirrie) October 31, 2019

Their release came a week after Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel 
over their detention.

Jordan has said Israeli citizens will be banned from entering Baqura 
from Sunday onwards.

The kingdom has not yet stated whether Israeli farmers will be allowed 
to access lands in al-Ghamar.

/(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)/

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