Civil rights group the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel asked Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein Tuesday to open an investigation into Marwan Barghouti, following the security prisoner's calls Monday for Palestinian civil resistance.
Former Fatah and al-Aqsa Brigades leader Barghouti has been in prison since 2002 and is serving five life sentences for the murder of five people, plus an additional 40 years for attempted murder.
In a message read to a crowd of supporters in Ramallah to commemorate his tenth year in prison, Barghouti said that the "launch of large-scale popular resistance at this stage serves the cause of our people."
Barghouti called for "stopping all forms of security and economic coordination [with Israel] in all areas immediately," which would upend years of often volatile but persistent coexistence between Israel and the PA.
Reuters contributed to this report
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