Israel prevents Hussein al-Sheikh from meeting imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti

Imprisoned senior Fatah leader, Marwan Barghouti, in April 2017 (Twitter)

Middle East Monitor  /  March 29, 2021

Israeli occupation authorities have rejected the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh’s request to visit senior imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan BarghoutiShehab News Agency reported on Sunday.

According to Israel’s Public Broadcaster KANShehab News Agency confirmed that Al-Sheikh would have discussed the upcoming Palestinian elections with Barghouti at Hadrim prison.

Last month, Al-Sheikh was permitted by Israel to meet with Barghouti inside his prison, while the former attempted to dissuade the latter not to run for the presidency.

Meanwhile, the Central Elections Commission has announced receiving names for three electoral lists for the parliamentary election.

Hamas, Fatah, and other Palestinian factions are expected to submit their lists very soon as the submission deadline is 31 March.

The parliamentary election is slated for 22 May, the presidential elections will take place on 31 July, and the Palestinian National Council elections on 31 August.