Jailed Fatah official Marwan Barghouti.
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Palestinian security prisoner and Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti was given a warning by Israel Prison Service officials for an opinion piece he wrote for the Guardian newspaper last week, it emerged on Sunday.
In a disciplinary hearing held at Hadarim prison last Tuesday, Barghouti was given a warning and no further punishment for the piece, titled “There will be no peace until Israel’s occupation of Palestine ends”.
In the piece, which was published the day before, amid an ongoing wave of terror attacks on Israelis, Barghouti wrote “in the absence of international action to end Israeli occupation and impunity or even provide protection, what are we asked to do? Stand by and wait for the next Palestinian family to be burned, for the next Palestinian child to be killed or arrested, for the next settlement to be built?” Barghouti, one of the most prominent leaders of Fatah, is serving five life sentences plus 40 years for his role in a series of deadly terror attacks against Israelis.
In November of last year, Barghouti wrote that violence is the quickest way for Palestinians to free themselves from the occupation, in a letter he published to mark the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death.
In the letter, he wrote that Palestinians should resort to “comprehensive resistance and the rifle” and end their security cooperation with Israel.