We are back talking about arch terrorist, suicide bomb planner, bombing specialist, and convicted terrorist of five counts of murder serving five life terms plus an additional forty years for his planning terrorist strikes should he manage to get around the five life sentences and recent New York Times Editorialist, Marwin Barghouti. He has decided to make hay on the stomachs of his fellow prisoners by calling for a mass hunger strike. He has done this regularly almost like clockwork ever approximately five to six years. He is right on schedule; so, at least we can allow him to claim punctuality, but who cares. Usually he would get a strong following and in the past has extracted senior standing in the PLO and won a seat on the PLO Central Committee taking first place in receiving the largest vote count all through his antics in prison. Leftist around the world even including Israelis such as MKs Yossi Beilin, Meir Sheetrit, and Shimon Peres along with European leftists and other internationalist leftist around the world all believe that Marwin Barghouti would make a wonderful successor to Mahmoud Abbas and proclaim that his leadership would be far more reasonable and pro-peace. Obviously, these leftists are doing what their kind do best, ignoring reality and dreaming how wonderful things would be if only they would follow their dreams and ignore reality. Marwin Barghouti has given the world a taste of what the Palestinian Authority (PA) would act should he lead them to statehood when he declared, “After we attain a Palestinian State, there will be greater things for which to strive… There is no room for more than one state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean.” Well, that sure sounds like someone the Israelis could make peace with as long as continued struggle, terrorism and war is their hope for the future because Barghouti sure does not see a Palestinian State as the finality the leftist claim he would but shares Abbas’s and Arafat’s before him that the realizations of statehood is simply a step towards the complete eradication of the Jewish State of Israel. Let us simply place the idea of Marwin Barghouti as the next great leader of the PA exactly where it belongs and continue, toss it directly in the trashcan.
This time Barghouti’s hunger strike merely gathered one out of six, when the majority of the prisoners realized that his call was simply an attempt at personal aggrandizement and would likely not serve their purposes. The reality of these hunger strikes reveals that a fair number of the prisoners who claim to be striking still eat in private and do not strictly commit to the actual hunger strike completely. But the reality does not matter simply because as long as there has been a declared hunger strike there are those throughout the world, particularly across Europe, the Arab and Muslim Worlds and at the United Nations who will turn on Israel like vicious hyenas into a dead carcass. Whatever is on the prisoner’s list of demands will suddenly become the cause celeb for hundreds of thousands of leftists worldwide and they will spring into action with demonstrations, petitions, debates in the halls of power, meetings in the United Nations General Assembly denouncing Israeli apparent mistreatment of prisoners denying them such basics and the Human Right NGO’s will erupt in manners beyond reason. Demands such as, allow me to list a few choice demands: Free cell phones for all prisoners. Permission for prisoners to be photographed with their families every three months (for the purpose of posting on social media so they can start another uproar on a regular basis). Admission of children and grandchildren under the age of 16 on every visit (imagine the great pictures these children will add for further ammunition). Closing what is called “the Ramle Prison Hospital” because it cannot provide the necessary care (They want a hospital outside the prison). Performing surgery quickly as is done in the case of emergencies (Let the Israelis wait for their turn, as they do interminably now, but not convicted terrorists). Freeing seriously ill prisoners as well as those who are handicapped or suffering from life-threatening diseases (No matter what their crime or sentence and regardless of if they are expected to improve and be fine). More consideration for prisoners being transported in a “bosta” (“bosta” is the prison vehicle used for transport having cage wire separating the back seat without door and window handles on the inside of the back seat but they want to sit next to the driver where there is a door that can be opened, not in a locked cab behind the driver, what could possibly go wrong here?). More satellite channels, adding those that the inmates want (which includes Hamas and other terror instigating channels). Putting an end to administrative detention (This would force Israel to try every case allowing the accused to demand to question their accuser which would reveal undercover operatives which would end all intelligence gathering). Reinstatement of the Hebrew University (they are dissatisfied with the Arab Universities they are currently permitted to take courses from). And putting an end to the policy of solitary confinement for any offense. Nothing could possibly go wrong from meeting these demands and these were the more “interesting” third with the remainder can be seen at the end of the article The terrorist hunger strike comes with demands by one of our favorite editorialists, Dr. Mordechai Kedar, who we would like to thank for the demands list and his commentary which was of paramount assistance.
Already the smuggled cell phones are a major problem to Israeli officials. Many inmates have actually entered into ballots to run for election and actually won seats in the parliaments. Some arrange to join leadership roles in terrorist units and actually assist in the planning of terrorist attacks. This includes prisoners who are serving sentences for planning terrorist attacks. The prisoners are able to have a cell phone smuggled in by means often of one prisoner who is permitted a phone giving the phone into the train which transports these phones through channels until it reaches the selected prisoner who is not permitted a cell phone. Through this manner, the phone reaches the terror planner and he places in it a different SIM card for each call making identification difficult discarding the card once it has been used. This is how they are able to make detection and determining who has the illegal phone more difficult all while planning terror attacks against Israeli citizens from within presumably secure cellblock. They have voted in elections from prison but not since 2005 as Abbas has cancelled all elections since then. The hunger strike is ridiculous in that there are no prisoners in any prison system where the prisoners as a whole have the freedoms and liberties enjoyed in the prisons where Israel retains their Palestinian prisoners. Prisoner in other prisons, including the Jews in the other Israeli prisons, should be making hunger strikes demanding the conditions the Palestinians enjoy in Israeli prisons. But, this will not prevent any of the world’s leftists from pretending that things are absolutely abominable in the Israeli prisons despite all evidence to the contrary.
All of this leaves out one more side of the terrorists and their place, or more accurately, their families place in Palestinian society. Terrorists who successfully carry out attacks end in one of two results, they are arrested or they refuse to surrender usually attacking the security forces and they die. Either result the follow-up depends on the measured levels of success observed by the leadership of the Palestinian Prison Committee. Their position have them determining the amount which is to be paid to the terrorist’s family in proportion to the number of Israelis, preferably Jews, they managed to murder with an allowance for those injured to a lesser extent. This prisoner committee also pays all the prisoners a salary proportionally to the length of their sentence. They use funds from the United Nations, European Union, European nations, Canada, and the United States which make up a general fund. These pensions received by these families for the murder of Israelis are higher than the salaries one can earn working almost any job. This is another form of incitement as upon hearing how martyrs are respected, their families given such pensions, and the benefits which go to the families of shahids, too many teenaged Palestinians decide that they will act on the incitement and gain great treatment for their families including great financial security and go out trying to stab as many Israelis as they are able and knowing that should they die, their family will make even higher rewards, they even choose death over surrender and living. This is a sad situation which will not change under Mahmoud Abbas nor would it change under Marwan Barghouti. We would like to provide a little context about the situation of the Palestinians inside Israel, Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza as compared to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Arab World as a whole by a Jordanian citizen Mudar Zahran who will give an amazing amount of context and realism. We advise sitting down for this as you may end up gob-smacked.
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