RAMALLAH, Saturday, November 20, 2021 (WAFA) – A Palestinian prisoner in Israel who today began his 42nd year behind bars, making him the longest serving Palestinian prisoner in Israel, is still awaiting an Israeli High Court ruling on his fate three years after filing an appeal for his release, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS).
Nael Barghouti, 64, from the Ramallah-area village of Kobar, was first arrested in 1978 for resisting the Israeli occupation and then sentenced to a life term plus 18 years.
After serving 34 years in prison, he was freed in 18 October 2011 in a prisoner exchange deal and returned to his village and family.
On 18 In June 2014, the Israeli occupation authorities violated the terms of the exchange deal and re-arrested Barghouti. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and after completing his term and instead of releasing him, Israel reinstated his original life plus 18 years sentence.
Barghouti’s attorney filed a petition with the Israeli High Court three years ago demanding the release of his client based on the terms of the exchange agreement which states that Israel cannot re-arrest freed prisoners and re-instate their sentence.
The Court recently held a session on the appeal but no decision has been made yet.
Barghouti is actually one of dozens of Palestinian prisoners released in the exchange deal, which Israel has reneged on, re-arrested, and then reinstated their original terms.