Contrary to what the great Benjamin Franklin once said, there are actually three certainties in life: death, taxes, and that members of the “Palestine” Liberation Organization (PLO) are perennial liars. The third certainty could not be more accurately depicted than in a dumpster fire article in Newsweek written by Dr. Hanan Ashrawi in defense of convicted Palestinian-Arab terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
Barghouti, who rightfully rots in an Israeli prison for murdering five innocent Israeli civilians, entered the spotlight almost two weeks ago for writing an op-ed in The New York Times accusing Israel of committing “judicial apartheid” and justifying why Palestinian-Arab terrorist prisoners started a hunger strike. In that article, he described himself as a “Palestinian leader and parliamentarian” rather than a former Fatah terrorist who was convicted in Israeli civil court for murder. Despite the deliberate lies and misrepresentation of Barghouti from The New York Times, Ashwari used her pedestal with Newsweek to describe the terrorist as a “man of peace.”
First, Ashwari accused Israel of committing a “character assassination” regarding Barghouti, claiming that the terrorist “proved to be a strong advocate of good governance and human rights, including women’s rights.” As comical as that assertion is, Ashwari goes even further to claim that Barghouti has never possessed terrorist ambitions:
Even after he was deported by the Israeli occupation in 1987, he frequently met with the negotiations delegation and expressed his full support for a peaceful negotiated settlement. While Barghouti believes in the Palestinian people’s right to resist occupation by all available means under international law, he always opposed attacks against civilians. In recent years, he advocated peaceful means and civil disobedience to achieve our freedom.
This spin-doctoring of a man convicted of killing innocent civilians represents another attempt by leaders within the PLO to brainwash ill-informed Western liberals that Israel is an oppressive force that is preventing peace. Unfortunately, history has proven that the Palestinian national movement itself has been the consistent cause for a lack of peace between the Israelis and the Palestinian-Arabs. This reality has been eloquently articulated by David Brog in the PragerU video below:
Furthermore, Ashwari continues to promulgate this fiction of Barghouti as a “man of peace” by suggesting that his readers should listen to the “people of conscience” around the world who nominated the terrorist for the Nobel Peace Prize, the same honor bestowed upon former PLO Chairman and genocidal terrorist Yasser Arafat.
This is definitionally fake news. It perverts the intentions of the PLO while simultaneously painting the portrait of a convicted terrorist as a man bent on fighting for freedom and justice. This is the modus operandi of the “Palestine” Liberation Organization, yet many people in the United States and Europe will find ridiculous justification for continuing to bankroll their nefarious antics, including paying the families of terrorists who slaughtered Jews for “Palestine.”
As Palestinian Media Watch has reported:
Marwan Barghouti is currently serving five life sentences for orchestrating three shooting attacks that killed five 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).
It remains unclear as to why Newsweek allowed such fictitious nonsense to be published under their name. Nevertheless, it is categorically absurd that the mainstream media continues to elevate genocidal maniacs who wish to destroy Israel in the name of “freedom, justice, and peace.”