21 juillet 2011

Israeli authorities raid Barghouti's prison cell
Published today (updated) 21/07/2011 
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- The Ministry of Prisoners Affairs in the Gaza Strip said Thursday that Israel authorities had raided the room of imprisoned Fatah lawmaker Marwan Barghouti on Wednesday night.

“Soldiers of the Israeli Shin Bet accompanied by soldiers of an undercover unit of the army raided Hadarim prison for the second time on Wednesday and targeted the room of Marwan, who is sentenced to five life time terms," Prisoners Affairs spokesman Riyadh Al-Ashqer said.

"They thoroughly ransacked its contents, and after three hours of searching, Marwan was taken to the cells with another prisoner identified as Naser Ebeiyat, who was imprisoned in the same room and placed under solitary confinement."

Ashqer said that the pretext for the raid was Barghouti's alleged use of a prohibited mobile phone.

Barghouti recently called for large-scale peaceful protests in support of a Palestinian bid for United Nations membership in September.

A lifelong activist who supported the Oslo peace process in the 1990s, Barghouti is widely believed to have masterminded the second intifada, or uprising, that erupted in 2000.

He was arrested in 2002 and two years later, was sentenced to five life terms for murder for his role in several deadly anti-Israeli attacks, although he has since said he never supported attacks on civilians inside Israel.

He remains hugely popular among the Palestinian public and has been touted as a possible successor to Abbas.
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