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Jailed Fatah leader says peace process 'dead'
Published Tuesday 03/01/2012 (updated) 05/01/2012 10:54
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Members of Hamas national security forces are reflected in a souvenir shop
window with a poster of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Al-Barghouthi as they
patrol a street to celebrate a prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel, in
Gaza City on Oct. 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi said on Tuesday the movement should focus on building and reforming Palestinian institutions and peaceful resistance, as the peace process has failed.

In a letter penned in jail to the Palestinian people, commemorating his Fatah party's 47th anniversary, Barghouthi said peace negotiations with Israel are finished, "and there is no point to make desperate attempts to breathe life into a dead body."

His comments come as PLO official Saeb Erekat in is the Jordanian capital for talks with Israeli delegate Yitzhak Molcho and representatives of the international Quartet, which President Mahmoud Abbas says he hopes will lead to an Israeli settlement freeze and pave the way to negotiations.

Barghouthi, convicted by an Israeli court for masterminding the second Palestinian uprising in 2000, was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council while serving five consecutive life terms, and was touted as a presidential candidate in 2005.

A long-time champion of reconciliation with rival faction Hamas, he called in the Tuesday letter for acceleration of reform and development of the PLO, the umbrella body Hamas said it will join after unity talks.

He heralded the May 2011 unity deal, and called on all factions to seriously implement its terms. Palestinians must hold national council, presidential and legislative elections amid unity, he said.

The Palestinian leadership and factions must also reconcile with the Palestinian people, because it is not enough to have reconciliation between the factions only, he added.

Calling for 2012 to be considered the year of peaceful popular resistance, he urged an international and Palestinian boycott of Israeli goods.

Leaders of the Arab revolutions should set new policies towards Palestine, Barghouthi wrote, by supporting the unity of the Palestinian people and democracy in Palestine.

Fatah members should be at the helm of popular resistance, the party leader continued.

"Fatah has been in a position of leadership since the beginning of the Palestinian revolution, the leadership in PLO, the establishment of the PA, and the two intifadas, and should be in the leadership of the peaceful popular resistance now," he wrote.

Barghouthi also expressed his support for the Palestinian bid for membership of the UN, and urged the Palestinian Authority to remain intact in order to be the basis for the government of an independent Palestine.

The PA should review its operations to increase "national steadfastness" against Israeli settlements, he wrote, adding that the government should support the nonviolent resistance, abandon all forms of cooperation with Israel, support Palestinians economically and expand the popular committees.

Calling Hamas' deal to exchange a captured Israeli soldier for 1,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails a "national achievement," he said the PLO and PA should set a national strategy to release all Palestinians from Israeli custody.

A total of 4,937 Palestinians are being detained by Israel, according to latest figures collected by prisoners' group Addameer.
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1 ) Ajibola Hasan / Nigeria
03/01/2012 22:07
Independent state of Palestine cannot never be achieved through the dialogue negotiation unless Pal takes the hard means against Zionist.

2 ) Filipe / Portugal
03/01/2012 23:12
What a fool!!!!!

How many life sentences for how many murders ???

This nutcase can say whatever he wants from beind bars in his prison cell !

Who cares ???

Why do you give publicity to a convicted murdrer???

3 ) Tibi / Tubas
03/01/2012 23:58
Marwan Barghouti is totally right in both: - writing that "the peace process has failed", and - calling on the PLO leadership to stop "exporting illusions." Clearly, the PLO demands will be ignored by Israel, and settlement construction will continue, where returning to 1967 borders will never be considered by Israel, with PALESTINE never becoming more than JUST A 9-LETTER WORD.

4 ) Wendy Orange / USA
04/01/2012 00:05
Total shame that Margan Bargouti was not freed in the recent prisoner exchange. I just read all of Adam Keller's links and man, Israel sure seems to be on the path of self-destruction. I was just in a tiny pharmacy in South Beach; the owner is Jewish, I am too and so is the pharmacist (Cuban and Hungarian) and to my surprise the other two said anti-semetic statements and since they concern the disconnect from Israel, I had to agree. Though I then felt sick that I do feel this state is so evil

5 ) southparkbear / usa
04/01/2012 01:49
i agree aji. in addition to you first can you find more 1399 for cast lead 2?

6 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
04/01/2012 05:04
Ajibola, Observer or whatever you're calling yourself tihis week They don't need your inspiration from remote Nigeria, they hhey have more than enough talkers telling them what to do and how to do it What is required in is your august presence As the old adge goes "Talk is cheap", you're not exactly what could be called a big spender, are you? Yes, you're a real warrior with someone else's blood

7 ) southparkbear / usa
05/01/2012 01:39
seeing this terrorist behind bars is peace, peace of mind

8 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK
05/01/2012 13:02
Well said Marwan. This is a bankrupt, discredited process that serves to bolster the occupation and prolong our suffering. Please read this and make a comment. http://en.ammonnews.net/article.aspx?articleNO=15189
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