Marwan Barghouti: Suspect Accusations After the Fact
Barghouti was framed and imprisoned lawlessly.
by Stephen Lendman
Barghouti's a political prisoner. On May 20, 2004, he was wrongfully convicted of involvement in three terrorist attacks killing five people. Acquitted on 33 other charges, he received five consecutive life sentences plus 40 years.
A three-judge panel ruled that although he didn't fully control local Brigade leaders and wasn't directly involved, he had "significant influence" over their conduct.
In other words, no evidence existed. A legitimate court would have acquitted him. Israel's military one judged him guilty by accusation. Due process and judicial fairness were absent. Virtually all prosecuted Palestinians face the same fate, including children.
Barghouti calls himself "a political leader," an elected PLC member. Israel had no right to accuse, try, and judge him, he maintains. Doing so violates international law. It affirms the right to resist lawless occupations. Israel's is the longest in memory.
Avinoam Bar-Yosef is president of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute. Last November, his New York Times op-ed headlined, "Release Marwan Barghouti," saying:
"The Israeli peace camp" wants him released. He's "regarded as the sole Palestinian leader who enjoys the full trust of Fatah and the Palestinian public."
He "never denied the right of the Jewish people to a Jewish state." He also "expressed contempt for Islamic fundamentalists." Above all, he's uncorruptable, he added. Many Israelis support him for good reason. He wants Palestinian sovereignty respected, as well as even-handed diplomatic peace talks.
He's also a realist. He knows ending decades of Israeli repression requires resistance. He urges Palestinians to persist nonviolently.
On April 20, Haaretz headlined "Grilling of top Palestinian militant exposes Arafat's link to terror attacks on Israelis, papers show," saying:
So-called Barghouti interrogation records "published here for the first time" allegedly link him to Intifada violence. They include Shin Bet memoranda and detailed transcripts. They suggest Barghouti gave "partial confessions."
They "indicate that PA Chairman Arafat issued a general directive to carry out terror attacks, but made sure not to get personally involved in any way that might incriminate him."
Israeli authorities also claim they implicate Barghouti despite no evidence produced at trial proving it.