After Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti New York Times’ op-ed, which omitted his crimes and terrorist organization membership, sparked scathing rebuke from the international community, the newspaper added a brief editor’s note acknowledging the murder and terror-related convictions that led to his imprisonment.
Barghouti, who used the Times as a platform to accuse Israel of conducting “mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners,” was convicted in June 2004 for killing five people — including a Christian Greek Orthodox priest that he mistook for a rabbi — and the attempted murder of another. He is currently serving five life sentences and 40 additional years.
In the April 16 piece, the Times referred to Barghouti as a “Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Calling Barghouti a ‘political leader’ is like calling Assad a ‘pediatrician.’ They are murderers and terrorists.”
The editor’s note clarifies, “This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offense of which he was convicted. They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization.”
Barghouti initiated a hunger strike Sunday following weeks of preparation. The strike now involves more than 1,100 Palestinian prisoners in the Gilboa, Meggido, Nafha, Ketziot, Shikma, Ramon, Hadarim and Nitzan prisons.