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.
Without taking anything away from this guy, I’m really curious to know by whose bizarre reckoning “[t]he first Palestinian to enter an Israeli prison” was jailed in 1965(!). Try 1948. https://t.co/eAbRZSxCf7— Joe Catron 🇵🇸 #FreePalestinianStudents (@jncatron) March 23, 2021
“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.
اللواء محمود بكر حجازي (85 عاما) أول أسير فلسطيني في الثورة الفلسطينية المعاصرة التي انطلقت عام 1965، اعتقل في ذات العام وحكم عليه بالإعدام لكن لم ينفذ، ليفرج عنه في عملية التبادل التي جرت بين حكومة الاحتلال الإسرائيلي وحركة فتح عام 1971 pic.twitter.com/W0sTzoFXCX— قناة لا Lah channel (@LAHchannel) March 22, 2021
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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