World Bulletin / News Desk
"Marwan is a leader of a terrorist organization that encouraged and led terror attacks that killed and wounded dozens of innocent Israelis," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office Tuesday.
"By electing him, Fatah is no longer satisfied with incitement in schools and naming streets and squares after murderers -- it is also placing them in high leadership roles," the prime minister added.
An icon of the Palestinian resistance, Barghouti -- who has languished in an Israeli jail for more than a decade -- won a seat on Fatah’s authoritative Central Committee at the movement’s recently-concluded general congress.
Barghouti played leading roles in both the first and second Palestinian Intifadas (uprisings) -- in 1987 and 2000 respectively -- against the Israeli occupation.
In 2002, Barghouti was arrested by Israel and slapped with five consecutive life sentences for his alleged involvement in several attacks on Israelis.