Who was Ziad Abu Ein?

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Palestinian Ziad Abu Ein (C), Head of the Anti-wall and Settlement Commission, argues with Israeli soldiers as they prevent him from crossing to Al-Shuhada Street in the West Bank city of Hebron November 29, 2014. REUTERS/ Mussa Qawasma (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4G1TT

Ziad Abu Ein

  • The commission is responsible for monitoring Israeli activities concerning the security barrier and construction in settlements in the West Bank.

  • It is also responsible for organizing “popular resistance” activities of Palestinians against the security barrier and settlements.

  • Abu Ein previously spent several years in Israeli prison for his role in a 1979 terrorist attack in Tiberias. A group of youngsters were celebrating Lag Ba’omer in the city center when a bomb exploded in their midst. Two 16-year-olds – Boaz Lahav and David Lankri – were killed and 36 other youths wounded.

  • He was closely associated with jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life-terms in prison for his role in a series of terrorist attacks against Israelis at the beginning of the second intifada, which erupted in September 2000.

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