From his jail, Barghouti calls for backing Gaza

Leader of the Palestine Liberation Movement Barghouti called on his compatriots to opt for resisting the Israeli occupation of their territories

From his jail, Barghouti calls for backing Gaza

World Bulletin/News Desk

A longtime Palestinian detainee and a senior leader of the Palestine Liberation Movement on Tuesday called for public, national and political support to the Gaza Strip, which has been sustaining an incessant Israeli war since July 7.

Marwan Barghouti, who is considered to be the brains behind the first and second Palestinian Intifadas (uprisings), called on his compatriots to opt for resisting the Israeli occupation of their territories.

"Palestinians must insist on ending the blockade of the Gaza Strip," Barghouti, 55, said from Hadarim Prison in the northern central district of Israel.

"Resistance as an option is the way for retaining freedom and independence," he added in a statement delivered to the media by his lawyer.

Since July 7, Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip with fierce aerial bombardments with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from the strip, leaving 1158 people dead and more than 7000 others injured.

The vast majority of the dead and injured victims are civilians: children, women and elderly people. 

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rocket at Israeli cities in response to relentless Israeli bombardments.

According to official Israeli figures, 53 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed since the hostilities began.

Israel's military operation, dubbed operation "Protective Edge," is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populate Gaza Strip – which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians – within the last six years.

In 2008/9, over 1500 Palestinians were killed in Israel's three-week-long operation "Cast Lead."

Barghouti has been in jail since April 2002. He was convicted and imprisoned by an Israeli court for murder.

In his statement, he called on Palestinians to work to strengthen a national unity government that was declared in June, ending years of divisions between the West Bank-based Fatah movement and the Gaza Strip-based Hamas.

He also called on Arab countries to create a new fund for the reconstruction of Gaza.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2014, 10:30

Muhammed Öylek