[Pnews] Urgent call to free Nael Barghouthi, longest-held Palestinian prisoner

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  TAKE ACTION: Urgent call to free Nael Barghouthi, longest-held
  Palestinian prisoner

January 3, 2016

Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/11/dean-of-palestinian-prisoners-denied-release-as-israeli-prosecutor-demands-extended-sentence/>, 
59 has been imprisoned for 36 years in Israeli jails, and he is the 
longest-held Palestinian political prisoner. Today, on the basis of 
so-called “secret evidence,” he is threatened with the re-imposition of 
life imprisonment 
<http://www.addameer.org/news/take-action-demand-release-longest-serving-prisoner-nael-barghouti> 
with no charges and no legitimate trial.

Along with over 1,000 fellow prisoners, he was released in 2011 as part 
of the Wafa al-Ahrar prisoner exchange 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/10/five-years-on-the-wafa-al-ahrar-agreement-and-prisoner-exchange/>. 
While he married after his release and returned to his life, in 2014, he 
was swept up with other former prisoners in a series of arrests. Under 
Israeli military order 1651 – violating the release agreement – 
  re-arrested prisoners can have their former sentences reimposed upon 
them by a military committee on the basis of secret evidence. This 
secret evidence is denied to both the prisoner and their lawyer.

*Sign and share the petition: 
https://www.change.org/p/international-officials-pressure-israel-to-free-nael-barghouthi*

Even with this secret evidence, Nael Barghouthi was ordered to 30 months 
in prison, a sentence that ended in mid-December. He has remained in 
prison due to an appeal by the military prosecution, seeking the 
re-imposition of a life sentence on the basis of so-called secret 
evidence. Barghouthi continues to be denied visits from his wife, Iman 
Nafie, as she is also a former political prisoner in Israeli jails.

*The next hearing in his case will take place on 3 January and his case 
will continue to the highest levels. *Iman Nafie has pledged to pursue 
this case in all legal venues 
<http://asravoice.ps/post/5011/%D8%B2%D9%88%D8%AC%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%BA%D9%88%D8%AB%D9%8A--%D8%B3%D8%A3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%87-%D8%A5%D9%84%D9%89-%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%83%D9%85%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%AF%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A7-%D8%A5%D8%B0%D8%A7-%D9%84%D9%85-%D9%8A%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B1%D8%B1-%D8%B2%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85> 
to demand freedom for her husband.

*Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association 
<http://addameer.org> and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity 
Network <http://samidoun.net> are joining in this urgent call for action 
to pressure Israel to release Nael Barghouthi, being held as a political 
hostage by the Israeli government.*

*TAKE ACTION:*

 1. *Sign and share the Change.org petition to urge international
    officials to take action for Nael Barghouthi’s release:
    https://www.change.org/p/international-officials-pressure-israel-to-free-nael-barghouthi*

 2. *Organize a protest, demonstration, speaking event or banner drop in
    your city,* community or campus calling for freedom for Nael
    Barghouthi and his fellow Palestinian prisoners.

 3. *Write to Israeli officials to demand Nael Barghouthi’s
    release.* Write a message and email or fax it to the officials
    below. Contact information and sample letter follow:

*Contact information:*

Minister of Defence
Avigdor Liberman
Ministry of Defence
37 Kaplan Street
Hakirya
Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
Fax: +972 73 323 3300 <tel:+972%2073-323-3300>
Email: minister at mod.gov.il <mailto:minister at mod.gov.il>
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Justice
Ayelet Shaked
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street
Jerusalem, 91010, Israel
Fax: +972 2 640 8402 <tel:+972%202-640-8402>
Email: sar at justice.gov.il <mailto:sar at justice.gov.il>
Salutation: Dear Ministe

Attorney General
Avichai Mendelbilt
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street
Jerusalem 91010, Israel
Fax: +972 2 530 3367 <tel:+972%202-530-3367>
Email: ishkat-yoetz at justice.gov.il <mailto:ishkat-yoetz at justice.gov.il>

Military Judge Advocate General
Brigadier General Sharon Afek
Hakirya, Tel Aviv, Israel
Fax: +972 3 569 4526 <tel:+972%203-569-4526>
Email: Mag at idf.gov.il <mailto:Mag at idf.gov.il>
Salutation: Dear Judge Advocate General

Commander of the IOF – West Bank
Major-General Roni Numa
GOC Central Command
Military Post 01149, Battalion 877
Israel Defense Forces, Israel
Fax: +972 2 530 5741 <tel:+972%202-530-5741>, +972 2 530 5724 
<tel:+972%202-530-5724>
Salutation: Dear Major-General Roni Numa

Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan
Kiryat Hamemshala
PO Box 18182
Jerusalem 91181, Israel
Fax: +972 2 584 7872 <tel:+972%202-584-7872>
Email: gerdan at knesset.gov.il <mailto:gerdan at knesset.gov.il>
Salutation: Dear Minister

*Sample Letter:*

Dear Ministers,

I write today to demand  immediate release of the longest-held 
Palestinian prisoner Nael Barghouthi, held for a total of 36 years in 
Israeli prisons. Nael Barghouthi is being threatened with the 
re-imposition of his life sentence on the basis of so-called “secret 
evidence”  by an arbitrary Israeli military committee.

Nael Barghouthi was released with over 1,000 prisoners in the 2011 Wafa 
al-Ahrar prisoner exchange. In 2014, along with dozens of fellow 
released prisoners, Barghouthi was re-arrested. Under Israeli military 
order 1651 – that contravenes the term of the prisoner release – 
re-arrested prisoners can have their former sentences reimposed upon 
them by a military committee on the basis of secret evidence.

Barghouthi was originally sentenced to 30 months on the basis of secret 
evidence, yet the Israeli military continues to pursue him and seek the 
re-imposition of his life sentence. He has also been denied family 
visits with his wife on the pretext of “security” as she is a former 
prisoner.

I demand the immediate release of Nael Barghouthi and an end to the 
re-imposition of former prisoners’ sentences on the basis of so-called 
secret information. This is an attempt to use Palestinian former 
prisoners as political hostages in future prisoner exchanges and to 
violate the exchange agreement itself. His continued detention is 
arbitrary and unjust, and I demand his immediate freedom.

Sincerely,


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