Israeli authorities have arrested Imad al-Adwan, a member of Jordan’s parliament, on suspicion of smuggling weapons and 100kg of gold into the occupied West Bank, as confirmed by Jordanian officials and media on Sunday. Al-Adwan has apprehended at the King Hussein Bridge (Allenby) border crossing in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli security reportedly discovered the contraband in his car.
Sinan Majali, a spokesperson for the Jordanian Foreign Ministry, announced that the ministry and relevant agencies are actively working to ascertain the details of the incident and resolve it as quickly as possible. However, Israeli authorities have not yet issued an official statement regarding the arrest.
Who is Imad al-Adwan?
Imad al-Adwan, 35, is a member of the Jordanian parliament’s Palestine Committee, which monitors Israeli actions in occupied Palestinian Territories but does not have a say on foreign policy. Al-Adwan’s brother, Amer Adwan, expressed confidence in the Jordanian authorities’ efforts to secure Imad’s release.
Despite close security ties between Israel and Jordan, their political relationship has been strained in recent years over disagreements on Palestinian statehood and rights. Prominent Jordanian legislator Khalil Atiya, an outspoken critic of Israel, warned that the Jordanian government would be held responsible if it failed to act swiftly in response to the arrest.
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