The longest-serving Palestinian detainee in Israeli jailsNael Barghouti completed Sunday, 20 November 2022 a total of 42 years behind Israeli prison bars, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) stated.
Israeli occupation forces initially arrested Barghouti, who hails from the village of Kobar in the occupied West Bank in April 1978, but he was released in a 2011 prisoner exchange deal before being rearrested three years later.
After being freed in 2011, Barghouti tried to return to a normal life, missing an entire generation.
He was arrested again in the summer of 2014 and sentenced to 30 months in jail for under flimsy charges of violating the terms of his release.
Before his release, an Israeli military court issued an order reinstating his life sentence in addition to 18 years.
Barghouti’s re-arrest violated the conditions of the prisoner exchange agreement that Egypt mediated in 2011 stating that individuals released could not be detained again and put on trial for previous offenses.
Barghouti married Eman Nafe, who had previously served 10 years in an Israeli prison following his release from prison.