Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Israel keeps the Longest Serving Political Prisoner in the World

Palestine, (Pal Telegraph) - The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC) said Sunday that Nael Barghouti, who on Monday begins 34 years in Israeli prisons, is considered the longest serving political prisoner in the world.

Barghouti was arrested on April 4, 1978 and was sentenced to life in prison for his anti-Israeli occupation activity at that time.

Barghouti emphasized in a letter to PPC on the importance of ending internal division between Fatah and Hamas.

He also called for his release and the release of all prisoners held in Israeli jails particularly the sick and those who have served a long sentence.

Barghouti lost his parents during his stay at prisoner. His sister is banned from visiting him since two years. His brother is also serving a prison sentence and has been in jail for more than 23 years.