Israeli media reported that the former leader of the terrorist Tanzim Marwan Barghouti, who initiated a mass hunger strike detainees in Israeli prisons, transferred, or soon will be transferred from prison «Hadarim» in isolation at the prison «Kishon». According to the Palestinian Agency Maan, was transferred to other prisons and placed in solitary confinement and other initiators of the hunger strike imprisoned «Hadarim» and «Ramon.»
The prison authority (SHABAS) did not confirm, but not refute this information. «Barghouti is just one of the thousands of prisoners held in Israeli prisons», – declare in Schabas.
The reason for judicial decisions on the transfer Barghouti in isolation at the prison «Kishon» was the publication of their article in the American newspaper the New York Times, which was released on April 16 under the heading «Why we are on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.» The text of the article, apparently journalists gave the wife Barghouti.
In this article, Barghouti says nothing about what prisoners in Israeli jails convicted of terrorism, require the relief of conditions – primarily, more frequent visits with their wives, the possibility of obtaining part-time higher education, nutrition, etc. In his article argues that from a young age he was subjected to arrests and torture that almost 40% of the male population of the Palestinian authority have passed through Israeli prisons, he accuses Israel of intending to «bury the legitimate aspirations of the whole nation», etc. Most of the text of the article Barghouti, published in The New York Times is a repeat of what his name had been published before.
Israel’s response to the publication of the article Barghouti in The New York Times
The Israeli foreign Ministry, commenting on the publication of the article Maroun Barghouti in The New York Times, stressed that the so-called Palestinian prisoners were not political prisoners since have been convicted of murder and terrorism. They were convicted of these crimes the legal system of Israel in full conformity with international law, said in comments to the Israeli foreign Ministry.
Deputy Minister in the Ministry of the Prime Minister, a Knesset Deputy from the party «Kulanu» Michael Oren, who in the recent past held the post of Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., said that the editors of the New York Times embarrassed itself by publishing defamatory material written «convicted murderer Barghouti».
The leader of the Israeli party «Yesh Atid» Yair Lapid also criticized The New York Times in connection with the publication of the article Barghouti. In the second article, published English-language Israeli publication Times of Israel, said: «Marwan Barghouti is a murderer of the highest category. He’s charged with five killings of civilians, participated in the planning of dozens of terrorist attacks that destroyed people’s lives. About these facts from the biography Barghouti the New York Times forgot to tell the readers. Striking line under the signature Barghouti: «Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian leader and member of Parliament.» Everyone who reads this, not being familiar with the facts, decides that Barghouti a freedom fighter, punished for their beliefs. Nothing could be further from the truth. But the article says nothing about the fact that Barghouti is a murderer serving a sentence for five murders, convicted a civilian and not a military court. But why would readers of the NY Times to know what Barghouti in jail?»
Mass hunger strike terrorists in Israeli prisons. Facts
April 17, hundreds of prisoners in Israeli jails, most of whom are former militants and activists of the Fatah and also former militants of Hamas and other terrorist organizations, began a hunger strike. Evaluation of Management of prisons of Israel (SCHABAS), in the hunger strike by about 1,200 prisoners. Barghouti wrote that the hunger strike will involve about a thousand people. Maan reported on more than 1600 participants of termless hunger strike.
The hunger strike is not «dry». The participants, as noted by the Israeli media, drink not only water but also other, first and foremost dairy, a nutrient liquid.
16-17 April in many cities in the PA, there were demonstrations of solidarity with the participants of mass hunger strikes in which participants demanded from the Israeli authorities to release all «political» prisoners. According to the «Palestinian information center», belonging to Hamas in these actions involved tens of thousands of people.
Under the slogan «We are all prisoners» in Israeli Arab city of Umm El-Fahm was a tent town in support of the hunger strike.
Marwan Barghouti urged not only to the mass hunger strike in prisons, but also for the early holding of parliamentary and presidential elections in the Palestinian authority. Eve turned 15 years from the day of his arrest, after which he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Obviously, the massive head Barghouti tends to attract more attention to yourself as a candidate for «President of Palestine».
The hunger strike initiated by one of the leaders of Fatah, joined the Committee of Hamas prisoners. To participate in the rally said the prisons «Ramon», «Nafha» and «Hadarim».
Management of prisons of Israel has informed that in respect of the hunger strikers will be subject to disciplinary action. Internal security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the administration does not intend to enter into negotiations with terrorists.
The head of the Palestinian national authority Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has appealed to the international community, demanding to exert pressure on Israel «to save the lives of Palestinian prisoners» participating in the hunger strike in protest against worsening conditions in Israeli prisons. Safa news Agency writes that Mahmoud Abbas has accused Israel of violating international conventions in particular the fourth Geneva Convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war. Abbas said that Israel refuses to comply with «the just demands of the prisoners.»
Marwan Barghouti. Curriculum vitae
Marwan Barghouti (Marwan Hasib Husayn al-Barghouti) was born in 1959 in Kafr Kubra.
In the early 80s was one of the founders of the youth extremist organization «Shabiba» (the leader of this group was Muhammad Dahlan), as head of the division «Shabibi» at the Islamic University of bir Zeit (Ramallah).
In the mid-80s, he was arrested and convicted of terrorist activities to 6 years in prison, in 1987, was deported to Jordan. In August 1989, the year he joined the party Fatah, headed by Yasser Arafat, served as «coordinator» between cells of the party in the Palestinian authority and abroad, became part of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the «independent party».
In April 1994, with the permission of the Israeli authorities, returned to PA by the Central Committee of the Fatah party in the West Bank. The appropriateness of this position was repeatedly discussed at meetings of the leadership of the Fatah party, then came the scandal in may 1997, when revealed serious financial irregularities in the activities of M. Barghouti. In 2000 (before the «intifada al-Aqsa») Barghouti lost the post of «General Secretary» of Fatah in the West Bank, however, continued to call himself «Secretary General of Fatah».
By the beginning of the «intifada al-Aqsa» (fall 2000) Marwan Barghouti retained, in fact, the only post – paramilitary head of the terrorist Tanzim, associated with Fatah. The headquarters of the «Tanzim» was located in Ramallah. The militants of this organization are responsible for dozens of attacks against Israeli citizens.
4 August 2001, the Israeli military attempted elimination of Marwan Barghouti, a military helicopter fired a missile at the convoy of cars, one of which was Barghouti. It doesn’t hurt – the rocket struck another car, which was one of the leaders of the personal security of Arafat. After this incident, M. Barghouti, has repeatedly criticized the Israeli «tactics of political assassinations» – and the podium he provided even such a respected and influential publication like The Washington Post.
15 April 2002 the Israeli special services held in the Ramallah operation, in which Marwan Barghouti was arrested. Many Arab and international human rights organizations have repeatedly made demands for the release of Barghouti, claiming that he was imprisoned «for political reasons».
20 may 2004 the leader of the terrorists was convicted of killing 5 Israelis and a personal involvement in the organization of 4 attacks (initially he was accused of murdering 37 people). Sentenced to 5 life sentences and 40 years in prison in addition. In January 2005, before the «presidential elections» in the Palestinian authority, was transferred from solitary into the General population.
While in prison, Barghouti did not stop political activities. He ran for «President of Palestine» and withdrew his candidacy only after Abbas has promised to do everything possible for his release. In June 2007, Marwan Barghouti condemned the military coup carried out by Hamas in the Gaza strip.
According to numerous surveys conducted in the West Bank, «if elections for Palestinian President were held today,» Marwan Barghouti would be among the most popular candidates.
The current «Palestinian President» Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly demanded the release of Marwan Barghouti, not hiding that he sees Barghouti his successor.
The idea of release Barghouti to «strengthen authority», Abbas maintained in the White house (as the Obama administration and the Bush administration). For his release were made by some Israeli politicians, including former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Hamas demanded to include Barghouti in the «list of Shalit,» but the Netanyahu government refused to release from prison the leader of the «Tanzim».
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