First Palestinian Prisoner in Israel Jail Dies at 85

Published March 23rd, 2021 - 05:55 GMT
Israel’s first Palestinian prisoner dies at age of 85
A Palestinian man takes part in a protest in the Palestinian village of Susya, south of Yatta town, in the occupied West Bank on March 14, 2021, against the visit of the Israeli Prime Minister to an archaeological site next to the Israeli settlement of Susya.(background). HAZEM BADER / AFP
The first Palestinian prisoner Mahmoud Bekir Hejazi to be buried Tuesday with military funeral, which will be attended by Palestinian president

The first Palestinian to enter an Israeli prison died at the age of 85 on Monday, half a century after his release. 

Palestinian Prisoners' Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners' Society issued a joint message of condolence for Mahmoud Bekir Hejazi.

“Hejazi, a symbol of sacrifice, left behind an important struggle and national heritage,” it said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also sent a message of condolence for Hejazi, the Palestinian official news agency WAFA reported.

Hejazi will be buried Tuesday with a military funeral, which Abbas will also attend.

First Palestinian to enter Israeli prison

Hejazi, who was born in 1936 in Jerusalem, was arrested by Israeli forces after an operation in the occupied town of Beit Jibrin in January 1965.

The first Palestinian to enter an Israeli prison, he was sentenced to death, but the execution did not take place over objections from the international community.

Freed by a 1971 swap deal between the Fatah Movement and Israel, Hejazi lived in Lebanon until 1994 before returning to Ramallah in the West Bank.

More than a million Palestinians have been thrown into Israeli prisons since 1965, according to figures from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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