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Addressing a wave of angry statements, Spayd writes that the newspaper should have spelled out the crimes for which Barghouti was convicted. Nicknamed after the renowned South African leader who spent 27 years behind bars, the "Nelson Mandela Rules" form an worldwide blueprint for the basic rights of all prisoners regardless of the charges against them, including telephone calls, medical examinations and educational programs, among many others. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Further, Barghouti's defiant refusal to accept the legitimacy of the Israeli court proceedings-an act of civil disobedience-is left unexplained.

A pair of Palestinian journalists have ended a 65-hour radio broadcast organized to raise awareness about conditions Palestinian prisoners face. And so he was convicted based exclusively on the prosecution's evidence, although worldwide experts expressed concern it was "flimsy" and obtained using "questionable methods".

Barghouti is a legendary Palestinian prisoner in a society where Palestinian prisoners are granted exalted status.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet, while at least 11 people suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during the clashes.

For the third day of the detainees' hunger strike, the Israeli Prison Service carried out campaigns to transfer hundreds of detainees to the solitary confinement in many prisons, after taking their personal belongings such as blankets and clothing.

Netanyahu's comments followed criticism of the paper by a series of Israeli politicians, including Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Now, readers of the article are introduced to Barghouti's insightful perspective alongside a byline that slanders him as a convicted terrorist and a murderer. "Barghouti doesn't only believe in violence, he also believes that it's permissible to lie".

"We're not talking here about prisoners with serious stamina and personal discipline, as we saw with the administrative prisoners [who are detained without trial] who persevered with a 2012 hunger strike for 100 days or more, jeopardizing their lives", said the source.

The liberal newspaper, somehow, first thought it was fit to grant this "parliamentarian" a platform to promote his hunger strike against the "colonial power". Officials are investigating whether Barghouti's op-ed was transmitted to the newspaper through his attorney or if Barghouti's wife penned the article.

Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel's illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. His strike was announced in a controversial op-ed for the New York Times, where he accused Israel of torture.

There were about 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails at the end of past year, according to Palestinian prisoners' groups.

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