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Marwan Barghouti: Prisoner of Conscience

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On the eve of last October's prisoner swap, Barghouti's secretly written book was smuggled out of prison by lawyers and family members. Titled, "One Thousand Nights in Solitude," it detailed his prison treatment.

Once arrested and detained, Palestinians are guilty by accusation. Convictions are virtually certain. So is horrendous treatment, including physical and psychological torture, as well as other forms of abuse.

Political activist Majad Abdel Hamid said Barghouti's "trying to create a civil resistance" in prison. "If all Palestinians refused to recognize the legitimacy of" military trials and automatic convictions, "Israel would be in big trouble. This is partly what the book is about."

Barghouti endured three years of punishing tiny cell isolation, as well as other physical and psychological torment. He never broke and champions Palestinian unity and nonviolent resistance to end Israel's occupation.

He also authored two books and a University of Cairo doctoral dissertation titled, "The Legislative Council and its Contribution to the Democratic Process in Palestine from 1996 to 2008."

In 1999, he was accepted by the University of Cairo and Arab Academy for Research and Studies to pursue doctoral studies. In prison, he successfully completed them. 

Free or imprisoned, he symbolizes hope. Supporters hope one day he'll be free to lead them.

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