Freeing Israeli Held in Jordan Doesn't Depend on Fate of Jordanians Detained in Israel, Diplomatic Sources Say

Jordanian citizens Heba al-Labadi, hospitalized after over a month of a hunger strike, and Abdul Rahman Miri, reportedly battling cancer, were detained as they entered W. Bank

Palestinians hang photos of Heba al-Labadi during a protest demanding her release in east Jerusalem,  Oct. 26, 2019.
AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean

Israeli diplomatic sources assess that Jordan does not aim to condition the release of an Israeli held in detention on the fate of two Jordanian citizens jailed in Israel.

This assessment is based on the fact that Israel has yet to receive messages from Amman tying the arrests in both countries.

On Tuesday, Jordan announced it was summoning its ambassador to Israel for consultations to protest Israel's detention of a pair of Jordanians who have been held without charges for the past two months.

Israel detained Heba al-Labadi on August 20 and Abdul Rahman Miri on September 2 as they entered the West Bank from Jordan.

Both are being held in administrative detention, an Israeli policy that allows the open-ended detentions of people suspected of security offenses without filing charges.

Al-Labadi, who has described treatment by Shin Bet interrogators that the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel said amounted to illegal torture, was hospitalized Monday after 35 days of a hunger strike. 

Miri, 29, has been battling cancer since 2010 and requires regular check-ups, according to the Palestinian Commission of Detainees Affairs, which is assisting him.