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Marwan Barghouti

Influential political and militant leader in Palestinian independence movement.

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Date of Birth:



Kobar, West Bank, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Marwan Barghouti is a significant figure in the Palestinian struggle for independence, known for his leadership in the First and Second Intifadas and his political influence within Fatah and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Brief bio

Marwan Barghouti, a member of the prominent Barghouti clan, became involved in the Palestinian resistance movement at an early age. He joined Fatah at 15 and co-founded its youth movement, Shabiba. Barghouti was a student leader at Birzeit University and became a significant figure during the First Intifada. He was deported to Jordan in 1987 but returned to the West Bank in 1993 under the Oslo Accords. In 1994, he became the Secretary-General of Fatah in the West Bank. Barghouti played a leading role in the Second Intifada and was accused by the Israeli occupation of founding the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Due to his resistance he was arrested in 2002 and convicted in 2004 for involvement in terror attacks, serving five life sentences in an Israeli occupation prison.

Major Milestones


  • 1976: Arrested for involvement with Palestinian military groups; completed secondary education while in jail.

  • 1983: Enrolled at Birzeit University; degree completed in 1994.

  • 1987: Major figure in the First Intifada; deported to Jordan.

  • 1994: Returned to West Bank; became Secretary-General of Fatah.

  • 2004: Convicted and sentenced to five life sentences.

  • Leadership in First and Second Intifadas: Key figure in Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation...See More

  • Political Influence in Fatah and Palestinian Legislative Council: Voiced strong support for an independent Palestinian state...See More

  • Diplomacy: Built relationships with several Israeli politicians...See More

  • Founding of Al-Mustaqbal Party: Aimed to engage Palestinian youth and work towards peace.

  • Advocacy for Palestinian Independence: Lifelong dedication to the Palestinian cause.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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