Jailed Fatah member Marwan Barghouti 311.
(photo credit: Oleg Popov / Reuters)
Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti called on the Palestinian Authority on
Tuesday to cut ties with Israel, saying such a step would serve the Palestinian
cause at this phase.
The jailed terrorist also 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 in 2005.
was included in a letter he sent to supporters on the 10th anniversary of his
The top Fatah leader is serving five life terms in prison
for his role in a series of terror attacks against Israelis during the second
Barghouti’s letter is seen by some Palestinians as a direct
challenge to the PA leadership in Ramallah.
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
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 for
The anti-corruption drive should affect icons of corruption
who still have not been held accountable, he said.
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.”
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
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 Israel.
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.
praised Fatah’s two female suicide bombers, Wafa Idris and Ayat al-Akhras, who
carried out attacks in Jerusalem.