According to a report published by Palestinian Media Watch, the PA Ministry of Education instructed that all Palestinian students read a letter that was written by Tanzim terror leader and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade founder Marwan Barghouti after the flag is raised and the national anthem is played.
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According to a Palestinian Media Watch report, the PA Ministry of Education instructed that all Palestinian students read a letter that was written by Tanzim terror leader and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade founder Marwan Barghouti, a member of the Fatah Central Committee who was directly involved in the murder of 5 people among them a Greek priest in 3 different shooting attacks during the Second Intifada between 2001 and 2002. He was given 5 life sentences for these crimes alongside his indirect involvement in dozens of other terror attacks. Presently, Barghouti is in solidarity confinement for leading a hunger strike together with 1,000 other Palestinian prisoners.
In the letter that is being read in all PA schools, Barghouti proclaimed that terrorism and studying go together. Portraying studies as a way of resisting, Barghouti wrote that he was arrested for the first time in high school and has been in prison for more than 23 years for his terrorist activities yet this has not stopped him from getting a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PHD: “The path of studies and the national path go side by side.” According to Palestinian Media Watch, Barghouti portrays himself as an example that other Palestinian students should follow.
Palestinian Media Watch reported that in a mass rally held in honor of Palestinian terrorists imprisoned in Israel hosted by the PA Ministry of Education, PA Education Minister Dr. Sabri Saidam justified their decision to glorify Barghouti, whom he referred to as a “heroic prisoner.” According to Al Watan, Palestinian students in the PA Educational System begin their day by reading Barghouti’s letter after the flag is raised and the national anthem is played. Upon reading his letter, the PA Ministry of Education instructed the students to hold a one hour symbolic hunger strike in solidarity with Barghouti.
However, the glorification of Barghouti is not limited to Palestinian elementary, middle and high schools. At An-Najah University, Fatah’s Shabiba Student Movement created a poster for the student elections featuring Barghouti with a rifle. The text reads: “The martyrs’ cell. Fatah’s Shabiba Student Movement: The university of siege and victory (An Najah University).”
According to various reports, the PA Education Ministry is not the only one glorifying Barghouti. In recent days, the international media has portrayed Barghouti in a positive light. As JOL reported earlier, the New York Times published an op-ed of his, where he was referred to as a parliamentary leader. Fox News referred to him as the Palestinian Nelson Mandela. In response to such glorifications, Israel’s UN Envoy Danny Danon told Algeimeiner that glorifying Barghouti “not only distances us from peace but dishonors the memory of innocent victims. The leader of the striking prisoners is a terrorist and murderer who has overseen dozens of suicide bombings and the killing of innocent civilians. Marwan Barghouti was arrested and tried in a fair and open trial. He was then convicted of direct involvement in the murder of 5 people.”