Last month the BBC News website published a report about the arrest of a Jordanian MP at the Allenby Bridge border crossing in which it found fit to promote the following quote from one of his colleagues:
“A prominent Jordanian MP who is opposed to Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel, Khalil Atiya, said Israel’s arrest of Mr Adwan “harm[ed] the dignity of Jordanians”.”
Some two weeks after his arrest on April 22nd, Imad al-Adwan was returned to Jordan. According to reports in the Jordanian media, his parliamentary immunity was removed and he will apparently stand trial in Jordan.
“The Shin Bet security agency said MP Imad al-Adwan, detained at the Allenby Bridge border crossing on April 22, was handed over to Jordanian authorities for “further investigation and prosecution.”
Al-Adwan was caught with 194 handguns and 12 assault rifles at the Allenby crossing as he was heading into the West Bank by car.
According to the Shin Bet investigation, al-Adwan had smuggled various types of contraband into the West Bank 12 times starting in February 2022. The illegal goods included birds, electronic cigarettes, and gold.
This year, al-Adwan smuggled firearms into Israel several times before being caught in April, the Shin Bet said.
The investigation found that al-Adwan carried out the smuggling using his diplomatic passport, and was receiving “large sums of money.” His motives were financial, and not related to Palestinian nationalism, according to the investigation.
Jordanian authorities detained a number of suspects in Jordan who were involved in the smuggling, the Shin Bet said.” [emphasis added]
Remarkably, the BBC News website has not published any follow-up reporting, meaning that what remains online as ‘permanent public record’ is a story about Israel having “harm[ed] the dignity of Jordanians” by arresting a man whom BBC audiences have not been informed was a serial gun smuggler.