The New York Times has released an editor’s note after the op-ed written by Marwan Barghouti sparked waves of criticism in Israel. “This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted,” the note states. “They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization.”
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The New York Times attached an editor’s note on Tuesday morning to the op-ed written by Marwan Barghouti, stating that the senior-level Fatah member who is currently a prisoner in an Israeli prison and leading the massive hunger strike is a convicted terrorist and murderer.
“This article explained the writer’s prison sentence but neglected to provide sufficient context by stating the offenses of which he was convicted,” the note reads. “They were five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Mr. Barghouti declined to offer a defense at his trial and refused to recognize the Israeli court’s jurisdiction and legitimacy.”
In a Facebook post yesterday, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Major-General Yoav Mordechai accused the American newspaper of ignoring the fact that Barghouti is a murderer and terrorist: “The American newspaper refers to Barghouti as ‘a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.’ The Times editors failed to mention that Barghouti was also the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades during the Second Intifada and is directly responsible for the murder of many Israeli civilians.”
“By referring to him only as a political figure, the Times failed to point out that after a fair trial in 2004, Barghouti was convicted of murder and carrying out terrorist acts and was therefore sentenced to five life sentences and an additional 40 years in prison,” Mordechai continued. “Barghouti is a murderer of Israeli civilians.” The Israeli Foreign Ministry stated in response to the New York Times publication: “The Palestinian prisoners are not political prisoners. They are convicted murderers and terrorists. They received a fair trial and are kept in conditions that meet [the standards of] international law.”