Fatah's Barghouti confined to solitary for protest call

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 2, 2012 00:55

Israel Prison Service officials placed imprisoned senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti in solitary confinement Sunday for calling for a new wave of civil Palestinian resistance and the severing of all ties with Israel.

Barghouti is a leading figure in the Fatah movement, who was seen as a driving force behind the Palestinians' last intifada launched in late 2000.

"The launch of large-scale popular resistance at this stage serves the cause of our people," Barghouti said in a statement commemorating the tenth year of his imprisonment by Israel.

"Stop marketing the illusion that there is a possibility of ending the occupation and achieving a state through negotiations after this vision has failed miserably," he said in a message read to a crowd of supporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Last Friday, Palestinians marked the 36th annual Land Day protests with mass demonstrations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Reuters contributed to this report

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