Europeans to campaign for Palestinian terrorist’s Nobel Peace Prize

Special to WorldTribune.com

European parliament members and political parties are set to publicly endorse the Nobel Peace Prize candidacy of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered four Israelis and a Greek monk.

Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of terrorist Marwan Barghouti, said the submission of her husband’s name for the Nobel Prize sends a message to the world that the “struggle” of the Palestinians is legitimate, and that Barghouti is a symbol of a legitimate “struggle” and not a symbol of terror.

Marwan Barghouti mural on security barrier. /Kobi Gideon/Flash 90
Marwan Barghouti mural on security barrier. /Kobi Gideon/Flash 90

Marwan Barghouti is serving five life sentences for playing a leading role in the 2000 suicide bombings that killed Yoela Hen (45), Eli Dahan (53), Yosef Habi (52), police officer Sgt. Maj. Salim Barakat (33) and Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus.

Barghouti’s candidacy follows a path of recent outrageous candidates for the Peace Prize, some of whom went on to win it, analysts say.

U.S. President Barack Obama won the award in 2009 after less than a year in office, and “before having taken any concrete steps in his post that would have possibly warranted the more than $1 million prize,” a report in Israel National News said.

Geir Lundestad, former Director of the Nobel Institute for 25 years, said last September that giving Obama the award was a mistake.

More recently, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif were pushed as Nobel candidates for their work on the Iran nuclear deal which most Americans opposed and reportedly has already sparked a regional nuclear race. Kerry and Zarif ended up being snubbed by the prize committee.

Barghouti would not be the first arch-terrorist to win the Nobel. Yasser Arafat, the founder of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and responsible for the murder of hundreds of Israelis, was given the prize together with then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after the 1994 Oslo Accords.

Talk of a European campaign in support of Barghouti comes after UK Labour party head Jeremy Corbyn – whose party is in the midst of a massive anti-Semitism scandal – glorified Barghouti as an “icon,” comparing him to Nelson Mandela.

Barghouti is one of the founders of Tanzim, one of Fatah’s armed terrorist factions.

“Numerous Israeli civilians were murdered by Tanzim terrorists under Barghouti’s reign, although he was not tried for those murders,” Israel National News reported, adding that he has “continued to exert great influence within the Fatah party even from prison. Likewise he has been visited by Arab MKs, and has sought presidency of the PA from jail.”

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