Barghouti gave orders to terror groups with Arafat´s silent approval, Israeli documents reveal (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff 04/20/12)
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Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti had confessed during his
investigation with Israel´s Shin Bet to giving instructions and money
to the Fatah terrorist groups that murdered Israeli citizens.
Barghouti, who was arrested ten years ago this week, gave the Shin
Bet extensive details of Fatah´s modus operandi during the second
intifada and connected between then Palestinian President Yasser
Arafat and the terror attacks. Records of the Shin Bet investigation
of Barghouti in April-May of 2002 will be published in Haaretz Week´s
End on Friday.
Barghouti is serving five consecutive life sentences and an
additional 40 years for his part in the terror attacks. In every
public opinion poll in the West Bank, Barghouti stands out at the
most popular Fatah official and as a leading candidate to take over
the position of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas.
The records of the investigation, which were revealed during judicial
proceedings that are now taking place and related to civil-damages
suits filed against Barghouti and the Palestinian Authority, offers a
rare chance to decipher the way the intifada developed.
After some hesitation, Barghouti provided the Shin Bet information
that incriminated him and other senior members of Fatah´s military
wing. He confessed to transferring funds, some that arrived from
Arafat´s office, to leaders of the terror groups. In some incidents
he funded the purchase of weapons and in others he received reports
on the terror attacks.
In one incident – the shooting attack in which an Israeli citizen was
killed near Givat Ze´ev – Barghouti confessed that he ordered the
attack as revenge for the assassination of a senior Fatah official.
As to Arafat, the investigators were eager to get a "smoking gun"
that would indicate that he gave clear instructions for terror
attacks in Israel. Barghouti claimed that Arafat hinted his policy to
the activists, who well understood his intentions, but said that the
former Palestinian premier never gave direct orders to carry out
Barghouti said during his investigation that he chose to take part in
the terror attacks against the Israel Defense Forces and settlers,
among other things to bolster his reputation among public opinion in
the West Bank. He said his decision was to give him priority over
other leaders, who "didn´t dirty their hands."
Barghouti said he opposed "gifts" from Israel and said, that, "A
state should be established (on its own) and part of the process is
In two of the last investigations recorded in the documents, that
took place on May 10 and 11, the investigators pressured Barghouti to
give up information on Arafat. Barghouti responded, "But from the
very fact that Arafat expressed opposition to carrying out attacks
inside Israel, had he been opposed to the armed struggle inside the
territories against the occupation, he would have made sure to
transmit a specific order about that to all those involved."
The investigators continued pressuring Barghouti. "I explained to the
subject that until he tells the truth about Abu Amar´s (Arafat) part
in launching attacks, his interrogation won´t end."
Barghouti responded, "There was no need for direct instructions from
Arafat. Things were understood between the lines. When Arafat would
call for a cease-fire, he would convene the heads of Tanzim and
instruct them and add that if the cease-fire were to end, they knew
what they would have to do, when it was clear to everyone that he was
talking about a continuation of military activity." (© Copyright 2012
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