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.
The Hamas Movement in #Gaza holds a funeral house in honor of Omar Barghouti, a well-known #Palestinian freedom fighter who died today of Covid-19 in the occupied West Bank. pic.twitter.com/n8zZWmpxOD
— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) March 25, 2021
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.
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)