Barghouti placed in solitary confinement over call for uprising (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Raanan Ben-Zur Published: 04.01.12, 23:54)
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Jailed Fatah leader also denied visiting rights after smuggling
letter to Ramallah in which he said Palestinians should ´oppose the
occupation in all means´
Marwan Barghouti was placed in solitary confinement in Hadarim prison
on Sunday after he called for a "large-scale popular resistance"
against Israel last week.
The jailed Fatah leader, who is serving five life sentences, will
remain isolated for a week. He will also be denied visiting rights
for a month and will not be permitted to purchase goods at the
prison´s canteen during this time.
In July Barghouti was placed in solitary confinement after a cell
phone was found in his cell.
In a missive read to a crowd of his supporters in Ramallah last week
to mark the 10th anniversary of Operation Defensive Shield in the
West Bank, during which he was apprehended by IDF forces, Barghouti
called on the Palestinian Authority to "stop all forms of security
and economic coordination (with Israel) in all areas immediately.
He also urged the Palestinian leadership to condition the resumption
of peace talks on the release of Palestinian prisoners held by
Israel. In the message, Barghouti expressed his support for combining
a popular uprising with diplomatic efforts.
"It must be understood that there is no partner for peace in Israel
when the settlements have doubled. It is the Palestinian people´s
right to oppose the occupation in all means, and the resistance must
be focused on the 1967 territories," he wrote.
Speaking to Ynet, Barghouti´s attorney said his client did not call
for another intifada but for non-violent popular resistance. The
attorney said the Palestinian Authority also supports this type of
The Israel Prison Service is not certain how Barghouti managed to
smuggle the letter out of the prison. Elior Levy contributed to the
report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/01/12)
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