Israeli PM slams Fatah for elevating resistance icon

Jailed Palestinian activist Marwan Barghouti was recently elected to senior post within movement

Israeli PM slams Fatah for elevating resistance icon

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed the Fatah movement -- which leads the Palestinian Authority -- for its recent decision to elect jailed Palestinian activist Marwan Barghouti to a senior a position within the movement. 

"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. 

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