ABDALLAH BARGHOUTI 311.
(photo credit: Kerenmalki.org)
Abdallah Barghouti, a Hamas bomb maker who is serving 67 life sentences for his
role in the killing of dozens of Israelis, is planning to run in the next
Palestinian parliamentary election, which is slated for May 2012, sources close
to Hamas said Tuesday.
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas
recently announced that the presidential and parliamentary elections would be
held next May, although representatives of the two parties said they were
skeptical about the prospects of holding the vote on time.
a top Hamas official in the Gaza Strip, said Tuesday he expected his movement to
score a landslide victory both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the
In a letter to the Hamas leadership, the 39- year-old
Barghouti expressed his desire to present his candidacy for membership of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, the sources said.
Barghouti has also
signaled his desire to contest elections held inside prison by Hamas inmates,
the sources added.
In his letter, Barghouti claimed that he had refrained
from engaging in political activities over the past nine years. But now, he
explained, “I personally feel the need to participate in elections, whether
those held inside prison or outside.” Barghouti appealed to the Hamas leadership
to help him fulfill his wish of contesting the elections.
is from the Ramallah area, was arrested by the IDF in 2003. A year later, the
IDF military court sentenced him to 67 terms for preparing explosive devices
used in a number of terrorist attacks in which 66 Israelis were killed and many
Barghouti was involved in the 2001 Jerusalem Sbarro
restaurant suicide bombing in which 15 civilians were killed and 130 wounded. He
was also involved in the terrorist attack on the pedestrian mall on Jerusalem’s
Ben Yehuda Street the same year.
A year later, he prepared the explosive
devices that were used in the terrorist attack in the Sheffield Club in Rishon
Lezion in which 15 civilians were killed and 59 wounded.
also found guilty of involvement in the 2002 Moment Café suicide bombing, in
which 11 civilians were killed and 65 wounded, the Hebrew University attack that
killed nine civilians and wounded 81, and the terrorist attack on a bus on
Allenby Street in Tel Aviv the same year that killed six civilians and wounded