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Palestinian officials advocate from prison for multiple "methods of resistance, peaceful and violent... economic, political, and cultural"

     “Fatah Central Committee Member Marwan Barghouti (serving 5 life sentences planning terror attacks, -Ed.) and Secretary General of the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] Ahmad Sa’adat (serving 30 years for heading terror organization, -Ed.) have issued a call to stop counting on the negotiations with Israel, since they have been proven futile. They called for bolstering the resistance in all its forms and for consolidating the reconciliation according to the Prisoners’ Document (a document signed by five Palestinian prisoners in Israel in 2006 and calling for national unity between the Palestinian factions –Ed.) .

The two leaders made [their] statements during interviews conducted by the Journal of Palestine Studies through the prison bars. The [interviews] will be published in the journal’s 98th edition (spring 2014) [parenthesis in source], which will be distributed in hardcover starting the beginning of next week…

Sa’adat rejected limiting the resistance to one form [only]. He emphasized that it is necessary to have ‘the capacity to give preference to one method or another [of resistance] over the other methods in any [given] situation, according to what is required in that situation, or according to the political period.’

He [Sa’adat] said: ‘Proposing popular resistance as an option for struggle does not require choosing [one] preferred method from among the [various] forms and methods of struggle… Limiting popular resistance to peaceful resistance empties it of its revolutionary meaning, since the great popular Palestinian Intifada was a model for popular resistance, and a guide for several distinct forms and methods of resistance: peaceful and violent [resistance]; [resistance] of the masses and factions; economic, political, and cultural [resistance]…’

On the issue of resistance, Barghouti emphasized the need to ‘bolster popular resistance in the broadest [possible] framework, with everyone’s participation, through the boycott of Israeli merchandise and products, and the cessation of all forms of cooperation on issues of security, negotiations and administration with the occupation state.’

He said: ‘There is no contradiction between one form [of resistance] and another. On the contrary, all forms of struggle are links in the same chain. Resistance has a broad framework, and we must not limit resistance to one form, whatever it may be; the secret of the resistance’s success lies in its inclusiveness and in the variety of its forms and types, without exceptions and without the rejection of any one particular form… The use of one form or another, or one method or another, must be determined according to the period and according to its suitability and its capacity to achieve the [desired] aims. The [Prisoners’] Document emphasized the unity of the resistance and the need for a single resistance front and a united leadership, because that is one of the conditions for the success of the resistance.’”

Notes: Marwan Barghouti - serving five life sentences for orchestrating terror attacks against Israeli civilians. 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.

Ahmad Sa’adat - serving a 30-year sentence for heading the PFLP terror organization. A song at a PFLP event also praised him for planning the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism Rehavam Ze'evi in 2001, but he has not been tried for this crime.