The New York Times opened up valuable space in its opinion section this weekend for the accused terrorist Marwan Barghouti.
Born in the Palestinian village of Kobar, Barghouti, 57, is currently serving five consecutive life sentences.
He was found guilty in 2004 for being personally responsible for a series of murders. Barghouti was also found to have organized an attempted car bombing on a crowded civilian center.
During his trial, he was also charged with being directly involved in more than 30 attacks that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians. He was exonerated of most of these charges.
None of the reasons for why Barghouti is currently in an Israeli prison are mentioned by the Times.
Rather, at the end of his rather lengthy op-ed, the U.S. paper describes the convicted murderer thusly: “Marwan Barghouti is a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian.”
That’s one way to put it.
The op-ed published this weekend is titled, “Why We Are on Hunger Strike in Israel’s Prisons.”