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Nael Albarghouthi

Longest-serving Palestinian political prisoner; symbol of resilience and struggle.

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Date of Birth:



Kobar, West Bank, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Nael Albarghothi's prolonged imprisonment and relentless spirit make him an emblematic figure in the Palestinian struggle for freedom and human rights.

Brief bio

Nael Albarghouthi, born in the West Bank village of Kobar, is known for being the longest-serving Palestinian political prisoner. His incarceration spans several decades, reflecting the ongoing conflict and human rights issues in the region.

Major Milestones


  • Arrest in 1978: Albarghothi was first arrested and handed a life term plus 18 years in prison.

  • Release in 2011: He was released in a prisoner swap deal between the Palestinian resistance and Israel.

  • Rearrest in 2014: Albarghothi was rearrested and sentenced to 30 months in jail, with his life sentence plus 18 years later reinstated.

  • Guinness World Record in 2009: Recognized as the world’s longest-serving political prisoner.

  • Marriage to Eman Nafe: After his release, Albarghothi married Eman Nafe, who also spent 10 years in Israeli prison.

  • Symbol of Palestinian Struggle: His prolonged imprisonment has made him a symbol of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination...See More

  • Advocacy for Prisoners' Rights: His case has drawn attention to the plight of Palestinian political prisoners...See More

  • Inspiration for Resilience: Albarghothi's resilience in the face of long-term imprisonment inspires many...See More

  • Focus on Human Rights Violations: His story highlights human rights violations   under the Israeli occupation.

  • Representation of Palestinian Identity: His struggle and resilience represent the broader Palestinian identity and their fight for freedom.

Date of Last Update: 
December 18, 2023

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