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Barghouti: Israeli jails are “Gestapo strongholds” and imprisoned terrorists are “prisoners of war and freedom prisoners”

Headline: “Barghouti: The [hunger] strike of ‘freedom and dignity’ is an inseparable part of the battle for independence and return”
     “Fatah Movement Central Committee member, prisoner fighter Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) said… in a statement he published from within cell 28 in the Israeli Hadarim Prison that ‘From now on, we will not allow harming the prisoners’ achievements and rights. Likewise, this battle (i.e., hunger strike, see note below –Ed.) will constitute a turning point in rebuilding and unifying the prisoners’ movement, with all of its elements, and a preface to assembling a unified national leadership in the coming months. This is in preparation for managing a battle to achieve recognition of the prisoners who are in the Israeli Gestapo strongholds as prisoners of war and freedom prisoners, and applying the third and fourth Geneva Conventions to them.’”

Marwan Barghouti – Palestinian terrorist who is serving 5 life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that murdered 5 people: one attack in Jerusalem (June 12, 2001) in which Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus was murdered by terrorist Ismail Radaida and another unidentified terrorist, another attack at a gas station in Givat Zeev near Jerusalem (Jan. 15, 2002) in which Yoela Hen, 45, was murdered by terrorists led by Mohammed Matla, and one shooting and stabbing attack at the Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv (March 5, 2002) in which Eli Dahan, 53, Yosef Habi, 52, and Police Officer Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, 33, were murdered by terrorist Ibrahim Hasouna. When arrested by Israel in 2002, Barghouti headed the Tanzim (Fatah terror faction). After he was convicted and imprisoned, he was re-elected member of the Palestinian Authority parliament. On Dec. 4, 2016, he was elected to Fatah's Central Committee.

Hunger strike (April-May 2017) Palestinian terrorist prisoners launched a hunger strike on April 17, 2017, which ended on May 27, 2017, after an agreement was reached. While the prisoners had issued a list of demands, reportedly only the demand to have the Red Cross reinstate a second monthly family visit for prisoners was agreed to. Nevertheless, the PA has claimed the development as a victory.