Barghouti’s wife urges pope to back Palestinian hunger strike

Palestinian women walk past a wall bearing posters including a portrait of Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in support of him and other prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails on April 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI

The wife of the leader of a hunger strike by hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has written to Pope Francis calling on him to intervene “before it is too late”. Fadwa Barghouti, wife of Palestinian leader and prominent prisoner Marwan Barghouti, has called on the pope to “speak up, because freedom and dignity are God-given rights, and no human group should deprive another of these rights…Your call for respect of the rights of the Palestinian people, including the rights of our political prisoners, would allow the voice of those placed in isolation to reach the world,” the letter says.

The Vatican has recognized Palestine as a state.
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