Barghouti solitary ´unrelated to content of letter´ (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV LAPPIN 04/02/12)
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Fatah arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti was sent to solitary
confinement this week for sending an unauthorized letter from prison,
and not because of the content of the letter, the Prisons Service
told The Jerusalem Post Monday.
"It has nothing to do with the content, which is not investigated by
us. The letter was sent without Prison Service authorization," Prison
Service spokeswoman Sivan Weizman said.
According to Prison Service regulations, the smuggling of a letter
out of prison results in a week´s solitary confinement, and the
revoking of cafeteria and visitation rights for the duration of the
Barghouti is serving five life terms in prison for his role in a
series of deadly terror attacks against Israelis. He is currently
imprisoned at the Hadarim jail in the Sharon district of central
In the letter, he called on Palestinians to launch a new popular
intifada against Israel, saying that “experience has proved that the
Palestinians do not have a peace partner in Israel.” He pointed out
that the “intifada and resistance” had forced Israel to
unconditionally destroy settlements and withdraw from the Gaza Strip
Barghouti’s message was included in a letter he sent to supporters on
the 10th anniversary of his incarceration during Operation Defensive
Shield in 2002.
Barghouti’s letter is seen by some Palestinians as a direct challenge
to the PA leadership in Ramallah.
Criticizing security coordination between the PA and Israel,
Barghouti said that the “role of the Palestinian security forces was
to protect the security of the citizen and homeland and not the
occupation and settlements.”
The PA should “stop marketing illusions that the occupation could be
ended through negotiations,” he stressed.
In addition to his call to sever all ties with Israel – first and
foremost, security and economic coordination – Barghouti also called
on PA leadership to combat corruption, which he termed “another face
The anti-corruption drive should affect icons of corruption who still
have not been held accountable, he said.
“Launching a large-scale popular resistance at this stage will serve
the cause of our people,” Barghouti said in his letter, which was
read aloud to his supporters during a rally in Ramallah.
He also urged Palestinians to launch a “comprehensive boycott of
Israeli products and goods.”
The Palestinians, Barghouti continued, have an “absolute right to use
all methods and means to resist occupation” – demanding that the PA
leadership work with the international community to impose economic,
diplomatic and political sanctions against Israel.
The letter called on Arab and Islamic countries to assist the
Palestinians in boycotting and isolating Israel and resisting all
forms of normalization with Israelis.
Barghouti urged the PA to renew its efforts at the UN to achieve
recognition of a Palestinian state.
In his letter, Barghouti praised members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and
Fatah who were responsible for carrying out terror attacks against
He said he was very proud of the commanders of Fatah’s armed wing, Al-
Aksa Martyrs Brigades, who were killed or arrested by Israel during
the Second Intifada.
Barghouti also praised Fatah’s two female suicide bombers, Wafa Idris
and Ayat al-Akhras, who carried out attacks in Jerusalem.
Last Friday, Palestinians marked the 36th annual Land Day protests
with mass demonstrations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Khaled
Abu Toameh contributed to this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem
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