Israel, Abbas talk prisoners secretly

JERUSALEM, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Two Israeli envoys had secret talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on prisoner exchanges, Haartez reported Tuesday.

Israel reportedly ups offer for soldier

JERUSALEM, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Israel would be willing to exchange 1,000 prisoners for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, a senior source told Haaretz.

Hamas sets new terms for soldier's release

GAZA, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Hamas has new demands for a Palestinian prisoner release in exchange for the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier, London's al-Hayat reported Thursday.

Report: Pollard may be freed in deal

JERUSALEM, April 16 (UPI) -- An Israeli-U.S. deal may free an Israeli spy held in a U.S. prison for 21 years in exchange for Israel releasing a Palestinian leader, a report says.

Palestinian council includes 14 in jail

JERUSALEM, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- At least 14 Palestinians elected to the new Palestinian Legislative Council this week are Israeli prisoners, the Jerusalem Post reported. The director-general of the Mandela Institute for Human Rights says 14 security prisoners in Israeli jails apparently

31 jailed Palestinians on Wednesday ballot

JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- There were 31 candidates in Israeli prisons among those running in Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections, including convicted terrorists.

Fatah in-fighting could delay PA election

GAZA, West Bank, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Infighting in the ruling Fatah party among traditionalists and the younger faction could delay elections next month for the Palestinian Authority.

Palestinian president threatens to resign

JERUSALEM, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Divisions in Fatah, the main Palestinian faction, have broken sharply into the open with the Palestinian president threatening to resign. Mahmoud Abbas said would step down unless a rival slate of younger Fatah members for the Jan. 25 legislative election

Jailed Palestinian leader supports truce

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A top Palestinian leader held in an Israeli jail was reported Saturday as supporting a cease-fire with Israel, saying it was a chance that may lead to peace.

Fatah militants to join PA security

GAZA, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday ordered members of the al-Aqsa Brigades, Fatah's armed wing, to join the security forces.

Bad year for Palestinian inmates in Israel

GAZA, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- The ministry of Palestinian prisoners affairs Monday criticized Israel's apparent decision to treat all prisoners like terrorists.

Mideast poll to use Canadian ballot boxes

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- The Palestinian Central Elections Committee said Tuesday it received special ballot boxes for the upcoming presidential poll from Canada.

Israeli foreign minister criticizes Abbas

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom Monday criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' tough election talk. Israel could not ignore "harsh statements" Abbas made to kick off his campaign for the Palestinian presidency, Shalom said.

Israel to free 170 Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Israel says it will release 170 Palestinian security prisoners within 10 days under an agreement with Egypt.

3rd candidate quits Palestinian race

GAZA, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Abdel Sattar Qassem, a professor and an independent candidate from the West Bank announced Monday he is withdrawing from the Jan. 9 presidential election.
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Marwan Barghouti
A Palestinian walks under a poster of imprisoned Palestinian uprising leader Marwan Barghouti, who yesterday announced his candidacy for the upcoming Presidential electioni on January 9, on a street in Ramallah in the West Bank, December 2, 2004. Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences in Israeli prisons for several murder convictions. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill)

Marwan Bin Khatib Barghouti ( مروان البرغوثي born June 6, 1959) is a Palestinian political figure. He is regarded as a leader of the First and Second Intifadas. Barghouti strongly supported the peace process and Oslo Accords. Barghouti is said to have founded Tanzim. Barghouti as a political activist is acclaimed by both of the competing Palestinian political movements, Fatah and Hamas. He is also referred to by some commentators as "Palestine's Mandela".

Barghouti was captured by Israel Defense Forces in 2002 in Ramallah. Israeli authorities accused him of murder of Israeli civilians and attacks on Israeli soldiers, and after a controversial trial he was sentenced to five life sentences in Israel.

Barghouti still exerts great influence in Fatah from within prison. With popularity reaching further then that, there has been some speculation whether he could be a unifying candidate in a bid to succeed Mahmud Abbas.

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