Jailed Fatah member Marwan Barghouti 311.
(photo credit: Oleg Popov / Reuters)
Prisons Service sent Fatah arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti into solitary
confinement this week for sending an unauthorized letter from prison, and not
because of the content of the letter, the authority’s spokeswoman told The
Jerusalem Post Monday.
“It has nothing to do with the content, which is
not investigated by us. The letter was sent without Prisons Service
authorization,” Sivan Weitzman said.
According to Prisons Service
regulations, the smuggling of a letter out of prison results in a week’s
solitary confinement, and the revoking of cafeteria and visitation rights the
duration of the week. Barghouti received all of those
Barghouti is serving five life terms in the Hadarim prison in
the Sharon district of central Israel, for his role in a series of deadly terror
attacks against Israelis.
In the letter, he called on Palestinians to
launch a new popular intifada against Israel, saying that “experience has proven
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
incarceration during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002.
letter is seen by some Palestinians as a direct challenge to the PA leadership
Criticizing security 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 stressed.
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 occupation.”
The anti-corruption drive
should affect icons of corruption who still have not been held accountable, he
“Launching a 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
The Palestinians, 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 against Israel.
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.
the PA to renew its efforts at the UN to achieve recognition of a Palestinian
In his letter, Barghouti praised members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad
and Fatah who were responsible for carrying out terror attacks against
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
Barghouti also praised Fatah’s two female suicide
bombers, Wafa Idris and Ayat al-Akhras, who carried out attacks in Jerusalem.