(1958 - )
Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian terrorist currently in jail for murdering Israelis. He is one of the most popular figures of the Palestinian uprising and has been repeatedly called on to run for Palestinian leadership position, despite his current jailing.
Barghouti is a
senior Fatah leader in the West
Bank. Schooled in Hebrew during his time in Israeli jails, Barghouti was a field Fatah leader
during the first intifada of
1987, when he was deported by Israel. Barghouti, 42, has struck a chord
with ordinary Palestinians. The son of a West Bank farmer, he has appeared
frequently at demonstrations, funerals and in the Arab press. Israel
asked that the Palestinian Authority extradite Barghouti for questioning in connection with a number of West
Bank shootings, but the PA refused. Israel arrested him in 2002 and
put him on trial for his role in terrorist attacks against Israelis.
On May 20, 2004, the Tel Aviv District Court convicted Barghouti of three terror attacks in which five Israelis were murdered,
and also of attempted murder, membership in a terror organization and
conspiring to commit a crime. He was acquitted of 33 other murders with
which he was charged, because of a lack of evidence. On June 6, 2004,
Barghouti was sentenced to five consecutive life terms and 40 years.
The court said in its verdict that "Barghouti was responsible
for providing the field units with money and arms
." The judges
said that the attacks were sometimes "based on instructions"
from Yasser Arafat.
The court found Barghouti responsible for a June 2001
attack in Maale Adumim, in which a Greek monk was murdered, a January
2002 terror attack on a gas station in Givat Zeev, a March 2002 attack
at Tel Aviv's Seafood Market restaurant, in which three people were
murdered, and a car bomb attack in Jerusalem.
David Saranga, a spokeman for Foreign Minister Silvan
Shalom said, "The five people who were killed in these attacks
that he ordered will not return to life. The widows and orphans will
not get their loved ones back. But at least justice was done.
(December 6, 2001) ; Haaretz,
(May 20, 2004); Roni Singer, "Barghouti
convicted in deaths of five people," May 20, 2004, Maariv
terrorist Barghouti found guilty of murdering five civilians,"
May 20, 2004, Israel Insider; PASSIA