Palestinian inmate punished for uprising call

2012-04-02 11:02

Jerusalem - Israel has placed a high-profile Palestinian prisoner in solitary confinement for a week after he called from his cell for a new wave of civil resistance, the Prisons Authority said on Monday.

Marwan Barghouti, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 after being convicted of multiple lethal attacks against Israelis, is seen by many Palestinians as a possible future leader and was a driving force in the uprising they launched in 2000.

Last week, he said in a statement that "the launch of large-scale popular resistance at this stage serves the cause of our people". He also said the prospect of ending Israeli occupation and achieving a state through negotiations was an illusion.

Prisons Authority spokesperson Sivan Weizman said that as punishment for issuing the statement, Barghouti "has been placed in isolation for a week and denied visits and access to the inmates' canteen for a month".

From prison, Barghouti's views continue to resonate with the Palestinian public. The 52-year-old leading member of Fatah enjoys support beyond his movement and across the spectrum of Palestinian factions.

Observers have speculated that Israel might at some point release Barghouti to strengthen the hold of the more secular Fatah movement on the Palestinian political scene and stem the popularity of Islamist Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip.

  • Neutedop - 2012-04-02 12:10

    Hahaha - Kaizer - it is a fight they will never win. Go Israel! Show all your might to these cowards who kill school children. You will never fight Israel man to man....and you think the muslims is so might - when push comes to shove, believe me, the west will fight together.

      Yaseen - 2012-04-02 13:05

      The reality is the world will end with a war, read into any religion and you'l find the proof

      Fred - 2012-04-02 13:20

      Yazeen, you're a rotten anti-Semite. I call on the executive of Southern Sun to remove you from your position. Southern Sun, you're promoting a blatantly violent and hateful person to a managerial position. we did not go through all we went through as South Africans to have someone with Yazeen's belief system and intentions in a managerial position of one of our hotel groups. Not onlh that, he should be reported and charged for hateful speech.

      Fred - 2012-04-02 13:22

      I happen to know senior executives at Southern Sun. I'll be writing to them quoting what you have written.

      Fred - 2012-04-02 13:55

      One more thing Yazeen, Southern Sun, your employer, was actually created by a Jew. Talk about being dumb and stupid.

      Neutedop - 2012-04-02 14:11

      Bwhahaha - And gone he is! Typical Palastine - strong on the blog, but suck up to the same person he hates so much - because he NEEDS that person.

      Fred - 2012-04-02 14:12

      True Muslims the world over should be taking a stand against these violent, hateful, racist quotes from one of the Muslim texts. It devalues Islam and serves to give Islam a dark, ungodly image. Awful.

      Fred - 2012-04-02 23:10

      Someone reported it.

  • Nosiphom - 2012-04-02 12:20

    @Neutedop - you are so confused you do not even know who is killing whose children. Viva Palestine, at least die fighting because either way the mongrels will kill you. Agreed Kaizer - revolt !!

      Neutedop - 2012-04-02 12:35

      Go search Israeli School Bus - 11 April 2011, before you show how little you know!

      Fred - 2012-04-02 13:33

      Noisiphom, regretably you too are not looking deeply enough into the situtation and have allowed yourself to be manipulated by the unelected dictators of the region. Not smart at all.

  • Martin - 2012-04-02 15:58

    These jewish zionists are probabaly the cruelest people in the world. First they steal the Palestinians' land, then their water, subject them to inhumane conditions in Gaza, bulldoze their homes, pummel them with drones and white phosperous. Which sane person would not call for an uprising against Isreal? The truth of the matter is Israel was founded on war and is an illegitimate state. They have absolutely no claim to the Palestinian land. Now, whilst trying to "defend" themselves from the people that they stole the land from, they beg for sympathy from the rest of the world. These zionists are self-centered racists. In fact, they are worse than the former SA Apartheid regime.

      Fred - 2012-04-02 16:22

      Fidel/Martin, why do you find you need to keep changing your name? Is it perhaps that your ideas are so wrong and unpopular?

      Fred - 2012-04-02 23:37

      Patrick, your Ego is getting the better of you again. There's no personal attack there at all.

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