Jailed Fatah leader Barghouti: Gaza war was victory for Palestinians

September 18, 2014 14:49

The Gaza war was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel's occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, says Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison for multiple deadly attacks.

In answers to questions submitted by Reuters via the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, Barghouti urged more confrontation to combat Israel's 47-year occupation of Palestinian territory, setting out a strategy sharply at odds with the more cautious approach advocated by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The Palestinians must make the price of the occupation dear on Israel," said Barghouti, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for his part in planning suicide attacks in Israel and other operations that killed at least five people.

"Freedom in Palestine will not be realized until the launching of a broader resistance associated with a broader political, economic and security boycott for the occupation."

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