Middle East

Israel reinstates life term of Hamas prisoner freed in swap

File - In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, Hamas militant Nael Barghouti waves a green Islamic flag and a Palestinian flag to the crowd after arriving in the West Bank city of Ramallah. after he was released in exchange of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas. Hundreds of other Palestinian prisoners were also released in this exchange. A Palestinian activist says an Israeli court ordered Barghouti to complete his life sentence, At the time of the exchange, Nael Barghouti had served 33 years for participating in the kidnapping and killing of an Israeli soldier, making him one of the longest-held Palestinians. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

File - In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 file photo, Hamas militant Nael Barghouti waves a green Islamic flag and a Palestinian flag to the crowd after arriving in the West Bank city of Ramallah. after he was released in exchange of an Israeli soldier held by Hamas. Hundreds of other Palestinian prisoners were also released in this exchange. A Palestinian activist says an Israeli court ordered Barghouti to complete his life sentence, At the time of the exchange, Nael Barghouti had served 33 years for participating in the kidnapping and killing of an Israeli soldier, making him one of the longest-held Palestinians. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Palestinian activist says an Israeli court has ordered a senior Hamas member to complete his life sentence, after the man was freed in a 2011 swap of hundreds of inmates for an Israeli soldier held by Hamas.

At the time of the exchange, Nael Barghouti had served 33 years for participating in the kidnapping and killing of an Israeli soldier, making him one of the longest-held Palestinians.

Israel has since rearrested scores of Palestinians for allegedly resuming anti-Israel activities.

One roundup came after three Israeli teens were killed by a Hamas cell in 2014. Barghouti, arrested in that sweep, subsequently served 30 months for Hamas membership. Barghouti completed the sentence but was never released.

Prisoner rights campaigner Qadoura Fares said Thursday that a military court reinstated Barghouti's original sentence on appeal, life plus 18 years.