Israel bans Fadwa Barghouthi from visiting her husband until 2019

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Image of Fadwa Barghouti at a 'Free Marwan Barghouti and All Palestinian Prisoners' conference on 7 May, 2014 [Sinn Féin/Wikipedia]

Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of imprisoned Fatah movement official Marwan Barghouti, said earlier this week that Israeli authorities have told her that she is banned from visiting her husband in prison until 2019.

Fadwa told Ma’an that after being denied permission to visit Marwan since he led a mass prison hunger strike more than four months ago, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) facilitated a one-time permit for her to see Marwan last week.

However, after she left to visit her husband along with other relatives of Palestinian prisoners on Monday and waited outside the prison from between 9am and 4pm, Israeli forces eventually informed her that she would not be allowed to visit him until 2019, and that the permit issued to her had been a mistake.

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Other reports said that the ban prevented her from visiting all Palestinian prisoners held by Israel as well.

Fadwa said that the decision to deny her the visits was a punishment directed at her, not at her husband, for her actions during the hunger strike that started last April, in reference to the solidarity protests she organised in support of the 40-day strike.

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