Marwan Barghouti sent to isolation after Israel comments 27Jan12 January 27, 2012

Ma’an News Agency  -  26 January 2012

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti was sent to solitary confinement on Wednesday after making critical comments to journalists about Israel.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said Thursday that on returning to Hadarim prison in Israel, Barghouti was not allowed back into his regular cell and was instead put in isolation.

Detainees in the prison protested against the decision and asked prison authorities to explain their decision. They are still waiting for a response.

Barghouti, the former secretary-general of Fatah in the West Bank, said on Wednesday that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will come to an end only when the occupation comes to an end and Israel withdraws to the pre-1967 borders.

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society condemned the Israeli decision to isolate him and called on human rights organizations to stop violations against Palestinian leaders in jail.

The Fatah leader has been serving a life sentence since 2004 and has been widely viewed as a contender to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as president.

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