Campaign to Free Marwan Barghouti Launched from Mandela's Prison Cell.
free Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti was symbolically launched on
Sunday from the cell where Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader of South Africa,
was held during his incarceration on Robben Island.
The Free Marwan Barghouti and All Palestinian Political Prisoners
international campaign was launched by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, which
opposes apartheid and calls for release of political prisoners, along with the Palestinian
Popular Campaign for the Freedom of Marwan Barghouthi.
Israel arrested Barghouthi, a member of the Palestinian
parliament, in 2002 and sentenced him to five life sentences plus 40 years in
2004 after it convicted him of responsibility for the killing of Israelis and heading
the armed Fatah group, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
The campaign was launched on the 24th anniversary of the release
of Ahmed Kathrada after serving 26 years in prison for fighting against the then
apartheid state of South Africa. He also was the initiator of the first Free
Mandela Campaign after Nelson Mandela's arrest in 1962.
Kathrada said that an international committee which will
include five Nobel Peace Prize Laureates will champion the campaign for the
freedom of Barghouthi and all Palestinian political prisoners.
"The launch of the international campaign and the
establishment of the High Level Committee follows my visit to Palestine earlier
this year," said Kathrada. "I believe the international community has a moral,
legal and political responsibility to secure the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi
and all Palestinian political prisoners. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians
have experienced imprisonment at a certain point in their lives. Some of these
prisoners have spent over 30 years in Israeli jails,' he said.
Following the Robben Island launch, there will be public
events in Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg and other places around the
world, announced the Kathrada Foundation.
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|Date:||Oct 28, 2013|
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