South African archbishop and human rights activist Desmond Tutu, who was prominent in his country’s battle against apartheid, nominated terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail, for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“The nomination of Marwan Barghouti, a symbol of the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, constitutes a clear signal of support for the realization of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights, including to self-determination,” wrote Tutu who is one of the earliest supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
Since April, Barghouti has also been nominated by the Arab Parliament, which represents dozens of Muslim states; Palestinian National Council speaker Saleem al-Zaanoun; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez; Esquivel of Belgium’s parliament and Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union President Nabih Berri.
Barghouti led the military wing of the Al-Aqsa Brigades which perpetrated many deadly attacks and suicide bombings and was involved in operating the Raed Kami terrorist cell in Tulkarem which murdered many Israelis. He was jailed for organizing scores of suicide bombings during the Second Intifada.
David Steger – Matzav.com Israel