Political Prisoner Marwan Barghouti’s Deplorable Mistreatment
by Stephen Lendman
For the first time since mass Palestinian hunger striking for justice began on April 17, Barghouti’s lawyer Khader Shqeirat was able to visit him in prison.
According to a Freedom and Dignity media committee statement, he lost 12 kilograms of body weight, leaving him greatly weakened, his health jeopardized, the same true for all strikers, a good many now ill. Many lost their mobility.
Bargouthi described his gross mistreatment, including punishing solitary confinement, his personal belongings taken, currently in an insect-infested cell with one blanket, no chance for personal hygiene, including no change of clothes for nearly a month.
He’s bombarded with “loud sounds emitted for several hours a day,” he said. “(O)ppression units ransack his cell four times a day and carry out offensive inspections, including strip searches (with) hands and legs cuffed,” according to his lawyer.
He’s painfully shackled whenever taken to and from the prison clinic where he (and other hunger strikers) get no medical treatment.
He and others are “determined to go on with this battle until it achieves all its goals,” he said.
In a letter revealed Sunday, he urged Palestinian “civil disobedience” on Nakba Day, May 15. Through his attorney, he denied secretly eating cookies and candy in his cell as a fabricated Israeli video attempted to portray.
Attempts by prison authorities to “blackmail” or threaten him and other prisoners increased their resolve to stay for course for justice.
He urged Fatah/Hamas reconciliation, warned against resuming worthless peace talks, failing every time because Israel and Washington perpetuate conflict, wanting Palestinian subjugation, not responsible conflict resolution, saying:
“Negotiations (are) pointless unless Israel is officially committed to ending the occupation within a certain framework, stopping settlement construction completely, withdrawing from the areas occupied in 1967, recognizing the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination that includes the establishment of an independent fully sovereign state based on pre-1967 borders whose capital is the beloved Jerusalem, recognizing the right of return of Palestinian refugees, releasing all prisoners, and stopping the crime of negligence practiced against prisoners during (decades of fruitless) negotiations.”
“(P)risoners are drawing up a new bright and honorable page of Palestinian heroism and struggle for freedom” by mass hunger striking, he stressed.
Separately, Netanyahu lied claiming “(r)elocating the American embassy (to Jerusalem) would not harm the peace process.”
“Moving the embassy would advance it by correcting a historic injustice and by shattering the Palestinian fantasy according to which Jerusalem isn’t the capital of Israel.”
Fact: No nations recognizing Israel have their embassies in Jerusalem – an international city, not its exclusive capital.
Trump backtracked on his campaign pledge to move America’s embassy straightaway in office. Most likely he won’t. He’s been warned against the reckless move.
A joint Palestinian, Jordanian, Egyptian statement released ahead of Trump’s upcoming Middle East trip, stressed regional peace and stability depend on establishing a Palestinian state within June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem its capital – along with freezing settlement construction.
Israel wants things entirely its way, offering Palestinians nothing but continued subjugation under occupation harshness.
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