Rights group asks A-G to investigate Barghouti 'incitement'

March 27, 2012 16:02

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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