Jailed senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti was been placed in isolation by Israeli prison officials at Hadarim Prison after calling for violence against Israel.
“Choosing global and armed resistance” means being “faithful to Arafat’s legacy, to his ideas, and his principles for which tens of thousands died as martyrs,” Barghouti wrote in a letter published Tuesday on the 10th anniversary of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s death.
“It is imperative to reconsider our choice of resistance as a way of defeating the occupier,” Barghouti said. “The Palestinian Authority must review its priorities and its mission … and put an immediate end to security cooperation which is only strengthening the occupier,” he added.
Barghouti, 55, has been imprisoned since 2002 after being convicted on five counts of murder. Barghouti was a leading figure in Fatah during the first and second Palestinian intifadas, and there are still calls for him to succeed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as the party’s leader.