- PA Ministry of Education had letter by terrorist Marwan Barghouti read to all students in all PA schools
- Letter instructs that studies and terror go together
- Marwan Barghouti is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating 3 shooting attacks in which 5 people were murdered
- Fatah praises terrorist
Marwan Barghouti is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people in 2001-2002.
Barghouti's dominant messages in the letter are that the imprisoned terrorists are the students' heroes and role models and that studies and terror go together.
Referring to himself as "the great prisoner and the free man," Barghouti addressed "all the young people of Palestine" presenting himself and his fellow imprisoned terrorists and murderers who "have already chosen the path of resistance" as examples to follow.
While he emphasized that studying and acquiring knowledge is a way of "resisting," even while in prison, Barghouti focused on his personal experiences as a prisoner: "I was arrested for the first time when I was in high school... Imprisoned for more than 23 years, expelled for seven years, and subjected to pursuit and assassination..." He then concluded: "I say this to you in order to emphasize to you that the path of studies and the national path go side by side" - the national path being his euphemism for violence, terror, and murder. Barghouti underlined how he himself has been able to study while imprisoned:
In advance of Prisoner's Day, the minister explained the event of the letter reading at the schools:
PMW has documented that the PA educational values that are taught to children include glorification of terrorists and promotion of violence. Click to read PMW's report on PA education.
Fatah and Fatah officials have also expressed their support of Marwan Barghouti and the hunger-striking terrorists. Here are some examples:
Fatah's parliamentary faction called terrorists Barghouti "a shining and renewing flame of struggle" and praised him and the other imprisoned terrorists:
Fatah Movement Spokesman Osama Al-Qawasmi said in a press statement:
Posted text: "'I will say to the members of our people after I salute them, hold their hands, and kiss their foreheads: I have not weakened in my [prison] cell, and my shoulders have not fallen. I am loyal to the path and oath, to the path of the Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners, and to the path of the fighting people. We will be released, we will triumph, and we will return, and our meeting is soon'
Headline: "From Barghouti to the students of Palestine: 'Knowledge is your weapon to liberate the homeland'"
Fuad Al-Shubaki - a senior PA official who is serving a 20-year prison term. He was behind the attempt to smuggle 50 tons of illegal weapons to the Palestinian Authority aboard the Karine A weapons' ship in 2002.
Nael and Fakhri Barghouti - Palestinian terrorists who killed an Israeli army officer in January 1978, near Ramallah. Both were sentenced to life but were released in the Shalit prisoner exchange deal in 2011. Nael Barghouti was arrested again in 2014 for violating the terms of his release by offering Hamas to serve as its minister of prisoners' affairs, and is serving a life sentence plus an additional 18 years.