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Marwan Barghouti

Members of Belgium’s parliament on Wednesday nominated Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize, referring to the security prisoner serving five life sentences as the “Palestinian Mandela” and a symbol of peace. The recommendation cited a group of Nelson Mandela’s fellow prisoners on Robben Island, who in 2013 called for the release of “Palestinian political prisoners” held by Israel.

Before we explore the decision and its possible outcome for Israel, it is essential to establish the differences between Mandela and Barghouti, lest a lie be allowed to be perpetuated unchallenged.

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In July 1963, Mandela and about a dozen other members of the African National Congress, including three Jews, were arrested in their farm hideout, in the Rivonia suburb of Johannesburg. Ten of them were tried for recruiting individuals and training them to carry out attacks against the Apartheid government; carrying out such attacks themselves; serving world Communism; and raising funds abroad for their illegal enterprise. Mandela spent the next 18 years in prison.

Barghouti, on the other hand, was convicted of 5 counts of murder of innocent civilians, including authorizing and organizing the March 2002 seafood market attack in Tel Aviv in which 3 civilians, including a Druze policeman, were murdered. He was given five life sentences for five murders altogether, and 40 years imprisonment for an attempted murder.

Now that we’re clear on the differences between the South African and the Arab terrorist, we should note that it is hard to imagine the Norwegian parliament not giving the Nobel peace prize to Marwan Barghouti. In fact, if the Netanyahu government had not been rattled this week by right-shifting coalition changes, it could be expected to support the award, at least tacitly.

Marwan Barghouti, with his record as the leader of the First and Second Intifadas, may be the only viable alternative to rule the Palestinian Authority after Mahmoud Abbas (81) leaves office–most likely on a stretcher. Barghouti has the political skills and experience to run the PA effectively. In fact, at one time he said he supported the peace process, but when he realized that Israel was not ready to capitulate on key issues such as the right of return for Arabs, or the unhindered formation of a terrorist haven on its borders, he launched the 2000 Al-Aqsa Intifada.

At this point, outside the Gaza Strip, only Marwan Barghouti has the street cred and the political wherewithal to rule the PA, which should be a source of concern to Israel. Indeed, this is the final outcome of the Oslo fiasco, the fact that the only legitimate leadership alternatives in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria are murderous criminals with Jewish blood on their hands.

This is the entire rationale of the Belgian nomination, which tells the Norwegian prize committee: “By granting the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who embodies the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, but also their aspiration to achieve peace, a leader who can unite Palestinians around a political project that clearly includes a two-state solution on 1967 borders, more threatened than ever by colonization and the absence of a political horizon, the Committee for the Nobel Prize would be helping to resurrect the indispensable hope of creating a way out of the current [political] impasse.”

And they emphasize: “Peace requires the freedom of Marwan Barghouti and all of the political prisoners, and more generally the freedom of the Palestinian people living for decades under occupation.”

It’s a well crafted proposal and, as we mentioned, it is very likely going to yield the authors’ desired outcome. It follows two earlier endorsements of Barghouti, one by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Adolfo Perez Esquivel, the other by a unanimous vote of the Arab League’s Arab Parliament. Once Barghouti gets the nomination, Israel would be urged by all its many friends and well-wishers around the world to respond in kind with its own magnanimous gesture, release the glorious leader from his jail cell and put him on a (roundtrip) flight to Stockholm. The word “opportunity” would be thrown around a lot, and although Barghouti would not offer even one measly concession more than Abbas has done—in fact, he’d likely cut down on all that Abbas “good will”—Israel would still be perceived as the oppressor and illegal occupier, while the new peace prize winner would be crowned king of peace. In fact, whether it lets Barghouti out or doesn’t, Israel would still be condemned.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Compare him to someone like Charles Manson the Murderer! Would you let Manson out of prison? Israeli PR needs to keep writing articles and inserting photos of the murders and the families who suffer because of this bastard. The Druze policsman's family is a good place to start. Where is the Israeli Public Relations Dept? run Israel like a business and have an aggressive PR. Show the world the truth about the bastard!! If they still insist on giving him the Nobel Award, let them come to his home in an Israeli prison cell!! He can hang it over the toilet! (Hope it falls in).

  2. I guess Obama & Barghouti are in the same category! One Award for being Black and one for being a Murderer of 5 people! Look what the Nobel Peace Award has come down to. They set the standards rock bottom…
    Thank you Belguim, the country who appears to harbor Terrorists!! Remember Paris?????

  3. So let me get this straight in my head….Belguim wants to give THE MURDERER, Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian, claiming to be a Political Prisoner, SERVING 5 LIFE SENTENCES FOR MURDERING 5 PEOPLE plus 40 years for attempted murder, the Nobel Peace Prize????? Comparing a TERRORIST (hello) to Nelson Mandela???? How about Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel OR CHARLIE MANSON! I can even understand Barak Obama for his "Efforts" (now I'm pushing it), and being the first Black President.
    Barghouti makes Peace Talks laughable! Let a MURDERER, a TERRORIST lead Arabs living in Palestine try to form a "peaceful" Two Country solution. What's wrong in this picture? I gotta be missing something. Of course! The TERRORIST, Yasser Arafat, also received the Nobel Peace Award. But at least he shared it (1994) with Shimon Peres & Yitzhak Rabin. Nothing has changed between Arabs & Jews in 68 years! (except for the fact that Israel has given up land for Peace that never happened) Arabs will always attack Jews. It's written in the Quran. Kill a Jew when you see him.
    Alfred Nobel is probably turning in his grave! I'm sure this is not a recipent he would have selected! How sad for the true recipients. Belguim has lowered the standard to rock bottom.
    I guess " One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". Go figure!

  4. I should have added I oppose a 2 country "solution". That's not a solution. It will not stop Terror groups. It simply says they have the World bargaining for them and look what they got away with? World, try living with thousands of daily, missles, knife killings, rock throwing, killing Jews & never returning bodies to families in mourning. Will the tunnels stop? Never! Will Barghouti use the millions of dollars poured into the West Bank for food, medical, electricity and schools? Probably not. The money goes into building up the weapon supply & digging tunnels.
    Belguim, find all the terrorists hiding out in your country. Maybe you can select one of them for the Nobel and allow the MURDERER to serve his sentence!
    Good Luck with this, World. Your gonna need it!

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