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Barghouthi: Israel detained more than four times the number of Palestinians it released since Annapolis

Aug. 18, 2008 8:26 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 18, 2008 8:26 P.M.)
Ramallah - Ma'an - Since Israel began making "goodwill gestures" to the Palestinian Authority last year, it has arrested more than four times the number of Palestinians it released from prison, former Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouthi said on Monday.

Barghouthi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Secretary-General of Palestinian National Initiative, said that Israel has released 788 prisoners since the re-launch of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations at the Annapolis conference last year, and arrested some 3,700.

"Even though we applaud release of resistance fighters especially [Sa'id] Al-Atabeh and [Abu Ali] Yatta but we believe that such Israeli steps are nothing but gestures since there are many prisoners in Israeli prisons confirming the need to release them without conditions," Barghouthi said.

Barghouthi said that he rejects Israel's criteria for determining which prisoners to release, arguing that the prisoners sacrificed all they had to end the occupation of their country.

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