[Ppnews] Palestinian Abdallah Barghouthi on hunger strike until transfer to Jordan
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Wed Jun 19 14:55:39 EDT 2013
*Abdallah Barghouthi on hunger strike until transfer to Jordan*
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Jordanian citizen imprisoned in Israel will not
end his hunger strike until he transferred to a Jordanian prison, a
lawyer said Thursday.
Abdallah Barghouthi, who was transferred to the Haemek Medical Center in
Afula in northern Israel, has been on hunger strike since May 2.
Hanan al-Khatib, a lawyer for the PA Detainee Affairs Ministry, visited
Barghouthi and said he was chained to his hospital bed by his legs and
his left hand.
Prison guards have turned Barghouthi's hospital room "into a kitchen" to
harass him, al-Khatib said. They also provoke him by having noisy
gatherings in his room.
Barghouthi told the lawyer he felt isolated from the world as he is not
allowed to receive newspapers or listen to news bulletins.
In May, Barghouthi, 41, was taken to the al-Jalameh prison for four days
where he was interrogated about his hunger strike, a lawyer from the
Addameer prisoner rights organization said.
A Palestinian with Jordanian citizenship, Barghouthi is demanding his
release from Israeli prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in a
Jordanian jail, under the Wadi Araba agreement between Jordan and Israel.
Barghouthi is also demanding that Israel disclose the whereabouts of 20
missing Jordanian prisoners, he told Addameer lawyer Faris Ziyad.
Further, he is calling on Israel to remove the bodies of Palestinians
who died in Israeli custody from nameless graves.
Barghouthi is serving 67 life terms, the highest sentence ever handed
down by an Israeli military court. He has been detained since March 2003.
A Hamas leader, Barghouthi was convicted of involvement in multiple
attacks in Israel.
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