He also became disillusioned with America as an "honest broker." As Oslo dissolved into violence, he urged liberating resistance.
In prison, he completed his high school education and became fluent in Hebrew. He later earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Birzeit University. His master's thesis covered Palestinian-French relations from 1967 - 1997. He was also active in student politics and headed BZU's Student Council.
His wife Fadwa Ibrahim prominently supports Palestinian prisoner rights. She also campaigns actively for her husband's release.
She calls him Palestine's "natural leader," saying opinion polls show he's "the choice of Palestinians because of his adherence to the two-state solution, his fight against corruption and for the rights of women and democracy."
They also want him freed "to lead them in their fight against occupation."
Israel calls him a terrorist. Supporters know he champions diplomacy, not violence.
He's also for Palestinians and Jews living independently in their own states in peace. Israel chooses confrontation and violence to prevent it.
A Final Comment