Israel has released a video allegedly showing the leader of an internationally-publicized Palestinian hunger strike eating cookies and candy in his prison cell.
“The prison service says Barghouti, who serves multiple life sentences for his role in the killing of Israelis during the second intifada, has twice been filmed eating since the strike began,” reports Haaretz. “The first time, on April 27, the footage shows him eating cookies. He removed the cookies from a hiding place in his bathroom, looked around to see that nobody was watching, and then ate them. He then tried to conceal the evidence by hiding the wrapping and washing his hands and face.”
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a cold-blooded murderer is a liar. But to far-left Western activists complaining about prison conditions at maximum security prisons housing violent terrorists in Israel, men like Barghouti may be heroes. Joined by other prisoners, Barghouti’s three-week long (fake) hunger strike on behalf of his fellow prisoners was seen as a courageous stand against injustice.
It was only last week when Barghouti’s son claimed that his father was like Nelson Mandela, detained unjustly by a regime much like the apartheid regime of South Africa.
“My father was fair and clear: he denied everything and argued that it was a political trial. He was sentenced to five life terms/ [Nelson] Mandela was also sentenced to life imprisonment,” Aarab Barghouti, 26, told Haaretz. “My father is a man of peace. He always sought peace. The only thing he will not forgo is his people’s rights. Ask any Palestinian – not only in Palestine but everywhere in the world – and more than 90 percent will agree that my father’s policy and his thinking about a solution are the right road. He is not asking for much, but the Israeli government does not want people who seek the rights of the Palestinian people.”
Suffice to say, Mandela didn't savagely slaughter Jews.
A resident of San Francisco, Aarab even expressed concern about his father’s health in the wake of the heroically-framed hunger strike.
“My father is strong, but he is no longer a young man — this year he will turn 58,” stated Aarab. “The strike will affect his health, and I hope the prison authorities will show humanity and end their arrogant approach of not negotiating with my father. The prisoners are not asking for much, only minimal conditions.”
Hopefully, Aarab can now sleep soundly knowing that his homicidal father is munching on cookies.
In response to the videos, Barghouti’s lawyer, Elias Sabbagh, attempted to maintain his client’s manufactured persona as a freedom fighter for the Palestinian cause.
“This was expected as part of the psychological and media war the Israel Prison Service is conducting against the prisoners,” Sabbagh said. “We can’t address the content of the clip so long as they don’t let us meet with Marwan. Let us visit him and then we will check the claims with him."
A familiar face in Palestinian politics, Barghouti supposedly wasn’t always violent.
"While I, and the Fatah movement to which I belong, strongly oppose attacks and the targeting of civilians inside Israel, our future neighbour, I reserve the right to protect myself, to resist the Israeli occupation of my country and to fight for my freedom," he wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published in 2002. "I still seek peaceful coexistence between the equal and independent countries of Israel and Palestine based on full withdrawal from Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.”
Barghouti’s words should be taken with a grain of salt, given the tendency of Palestinian leaders to put up a peaceful front for Western audiences while calling for the genocide of Jews in the West Bank and Gaza.
Theatrical performance or not, Barghouti’s nonviolent veneer would soon be stripped away in favor of a more aggressive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Framing the killing of Israelis as a defensive “resistance” against “occupation,” Barghouti fanned the flames of the horrific second intifada and called upon his compatriots to carry out acts of vengeance against Israel.
Shortly after, he was arrested by Israeli authorities and charged with the deaths of 26 people.
“In 2004, Barghouti was convicted on five counts of murder for the deaths of four Israelis and a Greek monk, as well as attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, and membership of a terrorist organization,” notes the BBC. “The court found there was insufficient evidence connecting him to the 21 other deaths on the original indictment.”