In West Bank, Palestinians have mixed views on Shalit swap deal

16.10.2011                      18.Tischrei. 5772                       Chol Hamo'ed 2

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In West Bank, Palestinians have mixed views on Shalit swap deal

Although Hadi Barghouti and Naji Abu Hamid both have family members in Israeli prisons, they see don't exactly see eye-to-eye on Hamas' prisoner exchange.

When Hadi Barghouti, 33, was born, his father Fahri was already in prison. Hadi's mother was three months pregnant when his father was accused of murdering an Israeli near the West Bank settlement of Halamish. Fahri Barghouti was sentenced to life in prison. He and his cousin, Na'il Barghouti, who was arrested earlier in connection with the murder, are now the longest-serving Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and symbols of the campaign to free Palestinians in Israeli custody.
Only hours before relatives of the two prisoners met with Haaretz, the family got word that Fahri and Na'il Barghouti would probably be back in Kubar, their village north of Ramallah, by Tuesday. In 2004, Hadi, too, was sentenced to prison, three and a half years. Ironically, that gave him a chance to get to know his father better….