US must withhold aid from Jordan to pressure extradition of Palestinian citizen – Monitor do Oriente


The United States government is considering the possibility of putting pressure on Jordan, a historic ally, via financial instruments to extradite former Palestinian prisoner Ahlam Al-Tamimi.

Al-Tamimi, now 39 years old, was released from Israeli prison as part of the prisoner exchange agreement that ensured the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, held in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian citizen was arrested in 2001 and sentenced, in principle, to two years in prison. Later, he received 16 life sentences for alleged role in a suicide attack against a pizzeria in Jerusalem, during the Second Intifada. Fifteen people, including a 15-year-old Israeli-American girl, were killed by the explosion.

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According to the newspaper Times of Israel, Washington considers withholding aid to Jordan to force extradition. Born and raised in Jordan, Al-Tamimi remains on the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) list of “most wanted terrorists”.

In 2017, the Court of Cassation, the highest Jordanian court, ruled that Al-Tamimi, a Jordanian citizen, cannot be deported to the United States, based on the absence of any extradition treaty between both countries.

In a letter to the King of Jordan, the Al-Tamimi family made an appeal “to work for the definitive conclusion of this case with the American administration, so that they keep their hands away from our precious daughter and end calls for extradition.”

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