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PA seeks Nobel Peace Prize for imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti as "a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners' struggle"

Headline: “Commission of Prisoner’s Affairs: The candidacy of Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize emphasizes that peace will not be achieved through the continuation of the occupation and arrests”

“The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners [and Released Prisoners'] Affairs published a report on the occasion of the prisoner leader Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) entering his 15th year of imprisonment in the occupation’s prisons, as he was abducted (he was arrested –Ed.) on April 15, 2002, and sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 40 years [of imprisonment].

The report says that the anniversary of Marwan Barghouti’s arrest coincides this year with the launch of the campaign in support of Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize…

The Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs said that Barghouti’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize has several symbolic meanings and political, humanitarian, and legal messages expressed as follows:

1. The prisoners have the greatest right to enjoy a just and true peace, and they have fought and sacrificed for freedom, peace, and honor and an end to the injustice and the occupation.
2. No just peace in the region can occur without the prisoners’ release, as they are a basic part of any arrangement or agreement with Israel.
3. The candidacy [of Marwan Barghouti] is essentially a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners’ struggle and their legal standing as prisoners of freedom and prisoners protected by Geneva conventions and international law, and also a response to the claims and Israeli terms that do not recognize the legitimacy of their struggle, and treat them as ‘terrorists and criminals,’ and not as prisoners of a national liberation movement.”
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Marwan Barghouti - serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed 5 people: one in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001, 1 killed), another in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002, 1 killed), and one in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002, 3 killed). When arrested in 2002, he headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament.

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