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Marwan Barghouti

  • How the hunger strike could bring Palestinian prisoners back to the fore

    The fixation on Barghouti's op-ed bio distracts from the strike's impact on Palestinians, which is as much about restoring political direction as it is about attaining prisoners’ rights. In 2015, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) created the “Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.” Nicknamed after the renowned South African leader who spent 27 years behind bars, the “Nelson Mandela Rules” form an international blueprint for the basic rights of all prisoners regardless of the charges against them, including telephone calls, medical examinations and educational programs, among many others. [tmwinpost] The demands of the 1,200 Palestinian prisoners who…

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  • Will the NYT start noting the violent pasts of Israeli contributors, too?

    There was much uproar from the Israeli government and its supporters following the publication of a Marwan Barghouti op-ed in the New York Times. But where was the outcry when the paper published op-eds by Israelis with violent pasts? On Sunday the New York Times published an op-ed by Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader who has been in an Israeli jail since 2002. In his article, Barghouti explains that over 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have decided to launch a hunger strike to protest the Israeli authorities' policies of mass arrest and systematic mistreatment. [tmwinpost] The newspaper's public editor, Liz Spayd, published a response on Tuesday titled "An Op-Ed…

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  • Marwan Barghouti's supporters should acknowledge his past

    There are many reasons why Marwan Barghouti should eventually be released from jail so he can run for office. But the Left should, even as it supports him, take into account his past — and why he's in prison. Marwan Barghouti has shaken headlines by leading a hunger strike among Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, calling for improved conditions, and by publishing an op-ed in the New York Times explaining why. Over 1,100 Palestinian prisoners have so far joined the hunger strike. [tmwinpost] The Israeli establishment is frothing at the mouth against what they call his lies, denying his allegations…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians protest in support of hunger-striking prisoners

    Hundreds of Palestinians in Bethlehem protest in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day. Photos and text: Oren Ziv and Faiz Abu Rmeleh Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in Bethlehem on Monday afternoon in order to mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, marching to Checkpoint 300 and Rachel’s Tomb in solidarity with the 1,100 Palestinian prisoners who had launched a hunger strike earlier that day. The demonstrators held up photos of Marwan Barghouti, the most visible of the roughly 6,500 Palestinians currently imprisoned in Israel, as well as of members of their families who are also political prisoners. Once…

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  • The war of succession brewing in Palestine

    The head of the Palestinian security services is counting on Israeli support. Mohammed Dahlan is trying to rally backers in Egypt. From prison, Marwan Barghouti is writing plans for a nonviolent struggle to will the Palestinian public worldwide. The struggle over Abbas’ succession signals a generational change among the Palestinian leadership. By Menachem Klein When Yassser Arafat's health was slowly fading and the Israeli army put him under siege, there was no war of succession taking place around him. This is not because his rule was petrifying. On the contrary, there were always disagreements, and often his colleagues prevented him from…

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  • Marwan Barghouti is planning a comeback — from behind bars

    He may be serving five consecutive life sentences in an Israeli prison but Marwan Barghouti is the only leader who has a chance to succeed Mahmoud Abbas and unite the Palestinian people. This is how he plans on doing it. By Menachem Klein Until recently Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was considered only a lame duck. Long ago he had promised not to run for president in the next elections. Not a single politician threatened him, he did not appoint a vice president, and elections never took place. But over the past two weeks Abbas has gone from lame duck to…

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  • 12 Palestinian members of parliament are in Israeli prison

    While we often hear Palestinian prisoners in the news, little is said about the lawmakers currently sitting in Israeli prisons. Many of them have spent years in jail, often as political prisoners in administrative detention, suffering beatings, interrogations and imprisonment in difficult conditions. Yet many of them still see a chance of living side-by-side with Israel, whether in one or two states. By Noam Rotem An Israeli military court decided last week to continue detaining Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian parliament, who has been imprisoned by Israel for the past two months. Jarrar was first arrested and put in administrative…

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  • The only way to stop stone throwing is to end the occupation

    If Israel was serious about restoring security to its capital, it would recognize the Palestinian claim to East Jerusalem and find a way for all residents to live in dignity. Trying to make good on his promise to restore quiet in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Netanyahu and his cabinet approved an amendment to Israel's penal code on Sunday, which would prescribe up to 20 years in prison for someone caught throwing stones at a vehicle (and 10 without having to prove intent to cause harm). Currently, Palestinians convicted in Israeli civil courts of throwing stones receive around two years in jail, so…

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  • Dr. Mustafa Barghouti: Nonviolent resistance is more effective

    Palestinian politician on his version of events from Land Day, the ineffectiveness of the United States and why Israelis themselves will not be free until the Palestinians are free. By Elsa Rassbach On March 20th, I interviewed Dr. Mustafa Barghouti about the plans for a new international initiative for Land Day, March 30th: a Global March to Jerusalem, to bring together in one nonviolent action all of the Palestinian political parties and civil society organizations in historic Palestine as well as in the diaspora, with supporting actions around the world. Then on March 27, Mustafa's distant cousin, Fatah leader Marwan…

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  • Marwan Barghouti's continued relevance to the Palestinian public

    Marwan Barghouti remains a hated figure in Israel for his involvement in terrorist activities during the second Intifada. However, his place as a national leader of the Palestinian people is unquestioned in the West Bank and Gaza. For this reason, Israelis will likely be seeing Barghouti on the other end of a negotiating table after his inevitable release from prison. In a new book, smuggled out of jail page by page, Barghouti details his life behind bars in Israeli prisons. I have written a feature story about Barghouti's new book, his current position inside Palestinian politics and where the campaign to free him is…

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  • Omar’s beautiful, dark, twisted—political fantasy

    Last night a bizarre answer to a reasonable question popped into my head. And all glory be to the blog, I am able to compose this little articulation-of-no-consequence knowing clear well that it will be published, even if it is just by me. It all began after an intense evening of ‘trivia-night’ at a local Ramallah restaurant—yes, we are all nerds in our own fashion—my mind feeling especially limber, I began to think to myself, why would Mahmoud Abbas decide to call for elections now, and so soon?—Abbas having recently announced his desire to hold elections in January. Hamas, his…

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  • Marvin Barghouti releases new single day after Schalit deal

    Ooh, I bet you're wondering how I knew About your plans to make me blue, With some other guys you’re lettin' go Between the thousands of us You know I want it more It took me by surprise I must say, When I found out yesterday. Don't you know that... I heard it through the grapevine, how much longer that I’ll do time, Oh I heard it through the grapevine, Oh and I'm just about to lose my mind. Bibi, Bibi yeah. I know a man ain't supposed to cry, But these tears I can't hold inside. Stayin’ here would…

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  • Barghouti release would likely be bad news for Abbas

    Update, midnight [Israel time]: Emerging reports suggest that Barghouti will not be among those released. Stay tuned for updates. As of writing, it's been one hour since the Israelis and Palestinians announced a deal on the release of Gilad Shalit and a thousand-plus Palestinian prisoners. And so far, there’s been no response from the Fatah leader, PLO Chairman and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbbas. Perhaps his silence is appropriate. He exerts little-to-no control over the Gaza Strip, where the French-Israeli corporal has been held for half a decade. Nor does he exert any control over the body that governs the…

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