New York Times Slammed for Whitewashing Fatah Leader’s Terrorist Past

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A New York Times opinion piece identifies its writer, Marwan Barghouti, as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”

That isn’t an error, that is an intentional deception, responded Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, in an editorial in Times of Israel. “Marwan Barghouti is a murderer,” wrote Laipd. “He was convicted in a civilian court on five separate counts of murder of innocent civilians. He was involved in dozens of attempted terror attacks. He caused people to lose their families and led to people being maimed. He destroyed lives.”

Lapid added, “Barghouti is in prison not for his views, nor for his desire for a Palestinian state. He chose the path of terror, murder and violence.”

Barghouti was head of the Fatah supreme committee in the West Bank and leader of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, which between September 2000 and April 2002 carried out thousands of terror attacks against Israel.

The following are some of the more heinous terror attacks for which he is responsible:

  • Jun 12, 2001 – The murder of a Greek Orthodox monk on the road to Ma’ale Adumim.
  • Jan 17, 2002 – The shooting attack during a bat mitzva celebration at a banquet hall in Hadera. Six Israelis were killed in this attack, 26 were injured.
  • Jan 22, 2002 – The shooting spree on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem. Two Israelis were killed, 37 wounded.
  • Feb 25, 2002 – The shooting attack in the Jerusalem residential neighborhood of Neve Ya’acov. One Israeli policewoman was killed, 9 Israelis were wounded.
  • Feb 27, 2002 – The murder of an Israeli at a coffee factory in the Atarot industrial zone of Jerusalem.
  • Feb 27, 2002 – The suicide attack perpetrated by Daryan Abu Aysha at the Maccabim checkpoint in which two policeman were injured.
  • Mar 5, 2002 – The shooting spree at the Tel Aviv Seafood restaurant. Three Israelis were killed, 31 wounded.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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