Leading Hamas Member in West Bank, Omar Barghouti, Passes away

Leading Hamas member in the West Bank Omar Barghouti and his grandchildren. (Photo: via Hayat.ps)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Following a month of struggle against the COVID-19 disease, freed Palestinian prisoner and highly-respected leader within the Islamic movement in the West Bank, Omar Barghouti, passed away in a Ramallah hospital on Thursday.

Barghouti – not to be confused with leading Palestinian activist in the BDS movement, Omar Barghouti – arrived at a Ramallah hospital a day earlier after a sudden deterioration in his condition, the Ma’an news agency reported. 

He passed away a day later. 

One of the leading members of the Hamas movement in the West Bank, Barghouti is from the village of Kobar, near Ramallah.

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Barghouti and his family have endured much hardship under the Israeli occupation. His son, Saleh, was killed by Israel two years ago. Another son, Asem, is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison.

Omar Barghouti himself served 27 years in various Israeli prisons due to his anti-occupation activities. Moreover, several homes belonging to the family were demolished by the Israeli army throughout the years and Barghouti’s wife was herself arrested. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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