Tuesday, April 04, 2017

04-Apr-17: Something you rarely read about Marwan Barghouti the killer

Marwan Barghouti, the reality: on trial in an open court, convicted
and sentenced to life Image Source: Getty
Times of Israel has a report today ["Jailed Fatah terrorist organizing hunger strikes, protests"] by Avi Issacharoff, its high-profile Middle East analyst, that focuses on the latest manouveurings by Marwan Barghouti to stay in the public spotlight.

We added this to the comments section at the foot of the article:
News sites ought to be very careful about how they describe convicted felons who have a political role to play. How they're labeled in the news has a strong impact on how they're viewed. Almost no one goes back and does their own research. They rely on the "experts". 
Marwan Barghouti and his Fatah handlers must be pleased by the headline of this story. They are probably also happy for him to be described as "jailed for life by Israel for orchestrating a string of murders during the Second Intifada..." as he is in this report. 
But a more accurate way - the right way - to say why Barghouti is spending the rest of his life behind bars is this from BBC: "But it was his arrest by Israel in 2002 and conviction on five counts of murder two years later that turned his into a household name." [BBC News
Barghouti, the terrorist thug, is not an orchestrator. He's not (just) a jailed terrorist. He's a convicted murderer.  
From experience, it's exceedingly rare for him to be called that in news reports.
Marwan Barghouti, the icon: A concoction of "resistance"
fantasy and an army of waiting supporters
For a range of reasons, there has been a series of efforts to paint Marwan Barghouti as an apostle of non-violence, as an emerging alternative to the thuggish Palestinian Arab political class. The reality is he is as demonstrably thuggish as the worst of them, and efforts to present him differently are cheap spin.

Here's a good illustration from, of all sources, Haaretz, which happens to be the preferred forum for much of the propaganda seeking to give birth to a new, kinder, gentler, bogus Barghouti:
In the early days of the second intifada, Barghouti led mass demonstrations. When the confrontations escalated, he declared, “The time when only we sacrifice victims is past. We must take revenge. We must kill Israelis. Yes. We have bullets. We have rifles, and they will be aimed at the occupation.” ["Will Marwan Barghouti be the Palestinian Nelson Mandela?", Haaretz, July 5, 2016]
For personal reasons, we (Frimet and Arnold Roth) have strongly negative personal feelings about Barghouti. He paid for the making (by a clansman of his) of the explosives-filled guitar that destroyed Jerusalem's Sbarro pizzeria in August 2001, and along with it the lives of our daughter Malki and many other innocents. We sat through his 2003-4 trial in a Tel Aviv court-room.

What very few people seem to know, but is unforgettable for us, is that he personally sheltered in his own home several of the members of the Hamas gang that executed the Sbarro bombing attack and massacre in order to protect them from Israeli security who were doing a search.

An elderly South African social activist ["Archbishop Desmond Tutu nominates imprisoned Palestinian for Nobel Peace Prize"] often expresses [here for instance] how he thinks the world  [Twitter link] of Barghouti. We're fairly certain he knows most of the things we have just mentioned, along with the fact that one of the victims of Barghouti's murders was a Greek Orthodox priest whose beard gave him a vaguely Jewish appearance.

But we're confident that, like many people of similar outlook, the South African doesn't give a damn.

We offer some indispensable background here ["09-Jun-16: The convicted killer, the churchman, the prize"]. For more, click here for past Barghouti posts of ours.

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