Days of Palestine

Friday, March 24

Longest-serving prisoner Nael Barghouthi exposed to punitive measures

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The Palestinian Commission of Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has said that the Israeli prison service continues to impose punitive measures on prisoner Nael al-Barghouthi, 62, who has been in jail for 40 years.

In a statement on Sunday, the Commission said that its lawyer recently visited prisoner Barghouthi in Hadarim after he was transferred from Eshel jail, where he had been isolated for one week.

It added that the jailers also imposed a financial penalty on him and deprived him of using the commissary and seeing his family for one month at the pretext that he issued a statement to mark 40 years in detention.

Barghouthi, from the village of Kobar in Ramallah, was first arrested on December 18, 1977 for resisting the Israeli occupation. He was sentenced to three months in prison, but 14 days after his release, he was rearrested and later sentenced to life in prison plus 18 years.

Many years later, Barghouthi was released in 2011 in a prisoner swap deal brokered through mediators between the Hamas Movement and Israeli occupation state. However, he was ordered not to leave his own town after his release.

He got married a month after his last release thinking that he was going to have a normal life again and raise a family, but this did not last. He was rearrested in 2014 and had his previous life sentence plus 18 years reinstated.