Barghouti’s Wife Banned

October 3, 2017 · Print This Article

MarwhanEarlier this year imprisoned Fatah prisoner Marwhan Barghouti led a 41-day hunger strike in Israeli prisons demanding improved conditions. Before and after the hunger strike his family had been denied permits to enter Israel to visit him.

Last month Barghouti’s wife Fadwa, who had received a permit via the Red Cross, was then denied a visit with her husband when she arrived at the jail on the grounds that she had supported him while he was on hunger strike. She was told that on security grounds she would be banned from visiting her husband until 2019. Over 1000 prisoners participated in the strike which began in April.

Convicted in 2002, Barghouti is serving five life terms for his alleged involvement in acts of resistance against Israel.

His son, Aarab Barghouti, said: “My father is a man of peace. He always sought peace. The only thing he will not forgo is his people’s rights”.

When the hunger strike ended in May, Barghouti described it as a “turning point” for Palestinian prisoners.

“The record of the prisoners has been one of unprecedented steadfastness and the Israeli repression failed to break their will,” he added.

Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel for a range of offences and around 500 are held under administrative detention.


One Response to “Barghouti’s Wife Banned”

  1. Clare Joyce on October 31st, 2017 1:10 am

    Right now, the Israeli government has the backing of the feeble-minded Donald Trump. Our justice system will work its way to him. (It’s slow, but the evidence must be solid.)

    If the US demands decent treatment of Palestinians (power, water, no more abuse of children, etc), it can make it stick. A two-state solution is the only sensible answer. All faiths should have safe passage to the area of Jerusalem that each holds important. It seems that these area overlap, so everyone must respect everyone else.

    Years ago, I worked with a kind man who travelled to Israel with his wife and 3 children. The kids were late teens & always well behaved. The family was waiting in line to see something in Jerusalem & were engaged in the good-natured banter some families enjoy. The Israeli man in front of them made a rude comment, in Hebrew, about the “stupid Americans.” My coworker was fluent in Hebrew & objected to the insult aimed at his wife! & kids. He responded inperfect Hebrew

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