Guardian celebrates Marwan Barghouti, and obfuscates his support for ‘armed resistance’

Marwan Barghouti is a murderer currently serving five consecutive life terms (plus 40 years) in an Israeli prison for his 2004 conviction on multiple charges relating to the killing of five civilians during the Second Intifada. The court determined that “Barghouti was responsible for providing the field units with money and arms” and that the attacks were often “based on instructions” he received personally from Yasser Arafat.

The court found Barghouti responsible for a June 2001 attack in Maale Adumim in which a Greek monk was murdered, a January 2002 terror attack in Givat Zeev, a March 2002 attack at Tel Aviv’s Seafood Market restaurant in which three people were murdered, and a car bomb attack in Jerusalem. (The original indictment, which accused Barghouti of responsibility for 33 additional murders, can be viewed here.)

As CAMERA has reported, Barghouti was also widely considered one of the main leaders in the Palestinian campaign of violence during the Second Intifada and helped found and then lead the Fatah-based militias which carried out numerous suicide bombings.

He’s also a Guardian contributor.


Barghouti, in his Oct. 11th op-ed, commented on the recent Palestinian “uprising” which has killed five Israelis and injured many more. 

Whilst Barghouti has previously explicitly expressed his support for terrorism, as “the only way to end the occupation”, his Guardian op-ed avoids explicitly endorsing terror (evidently out of a wish not to offend British sensibilities), though implicitly suggests that this is the Palestinians’ only alternative.

This new Palestinian generation has not awaited reconciliation talks to embody a national unity that political parties have failed to achieve, but has risen above political divides and geographic fragmentation. It has not awaited instructions to uphold its right, and its duty, to resist this occupation.

Then Marghouti proceeds to misinform readers about the nature of the recent Palestinian ‘resistance’.

It is doing so [resisting the occupation] unarmed, while being confronted by one of the biggest military powers in the world

Of course, this is just a lie. The recent terror surge has been characterized by Palestinian attacks against Israelis using knives, guns and firebombs.


“Unarmed”?: A 19-year-old Palestinian stabs two Israeli Special Patrol Officers with a knife on Saturday in Jerusalem

Tellingly, Guardian reporters and editors have stamped their approval on Marghouti’s deception.

Their Jerusalem correspondent, Peter Beaumont, devoted a story to celebrating Marghouti’s Guardian op-ed.


Beaumont described the convicted murderer as “a hugely important Palestinian political figure”, his op-ed as “impassioned”, and proceeds to run interference for Barghouti by failing to mention his continued support for terror.

Not to be outdone was the Guardian’s Middle East editor, Ian Black, who shared the following on Twitter.

Note the curious decision by Black to add the hashtag #Intifada, presumably to generate interest in the op-ed among the radical, pro-“resistance” crowd.

Last year, in a UKMW post exploring the likely reaction by the Guardian in the event a new Intifada began, we came to the following conclusion:

There are quite a few factors which lead us to believe that many Guardian reporters and editors will likely lend moral support to the Palestinians in the event they launch another deadly intifada.  

Specifically, the paper has shown a clear tendency in the past to license extremist commentators who reject peace and reconciliation with Israel and legitimize (if not justify) Palestinian terrorism.  Additionally, their binary moral paradigm in which Palestinians are seen as immutable victims of Israeli oppression further necessitates at least tacit support for the Palestinians’ recourse to violence. 

The Guardian’s decision to publish an op-ed by an unrepentant Palestinian terrorists responsible for the murder of several civilians, and the promotion of that piece by their Jerusalem correspondent and Middle East editor, serves as additional evidence that the media group can indeed be expected to provide moral cover for the next coordinated Palestinian onslaught against innocent Jews.

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  1. The whole of the Middle East is in turmoil. In Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya there are ongoing wars involving millions of people resulting in hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, maimings and refugees. By comparison the situation in Israel and the territories is far less inflammatory despite recent events. Nonetheless the mediocrities that report on such matters for The Guardian appear to encourage even more war, violence and insurrection. It is as if that which transpires elsewhere in the region is insufficient for their appetites. Quite aside from the obvious Antisemitic undertones their contributions are essentially evil and banal in that they glorify war and death.

  2. Did the Guardian contrivance he was convicted of killing at least one person who wasn’t a Jew? Surely this is a much more serious crime in their eyes.

  3. If the news got out that the Palestinian refugees are the victims of the Arab League and that far more were made refugees from the Arab League member states also started in 1948, maybe we could begin to heal. It’s on public record that the two refugee issues should be negotiated together.

  4. oops the second group, those expelled or forced to leave, were the 850,000 Mizrachi Jews from the Muslim states. The lands stolen from them are several times the size of Israel.

    • Emmanuel : HOW would that SOLVE the problem? after a billion words you want to add up another billion words and keep the 3 million arabs squatting the jewish provinces? you can talk as much as you want that would change nothing except there are more chances Israel is destroyed at the end.

  5. Haven’t we already seen what Marwan Barghouti does with freedom when he has it?
    Hey Guardian,
    Get your heads out of your asses already. This jerk isn’t in prison because he’s a freedom fighter, he’s in prison because he’s a murderer. It’s where he belongs for the rest of his natural life. That you give him space in your paper for his demented rantings is an embarrassment to intellect and morality, and illustrates your paucity of ethics and good judgement.

  6. guardian does not cover events in Mid East it participates in terror against Israel. It tries to replace jewish population with an arab population by means of pressures. Israel’s ‘leaders” help them by refusing to claim claim sovereignty over the jewish provinces calling them “palestinian territories”(sic.) anbd refusing to transfer arabs to jordan which would END THE CONFLICT.

  7. Great article below about this Arab terrorist Marwan Barghouti the Guardian supports.
    Free a mass-murderer for peace?
    November 24, 2011

    Why is it that when discussing politics, otherwise rational people go insane? No other field of study lures man into the depths of such muddled thinking.

    The latest outrage is the renewed campaign to free a mass murderer from prison in the name of peace. Marwan Barghouti is serving five life sentences for masterminding a series of deadly terror attacks against Israeli civilians.

    Only in the sick world of Middle Eastern politics does this make him the ideal candidate to foster peace. Ha’aretz asks, “Why did Israel miss the golden opportunity to let Marwan Barghouti out of prison? Barghouti is one of the most forceful proponents of a peaceful solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict …” Avinoam Bar Yosef recently wrote an article in The New York Times titled “Release Marwan Barghouti.” The reason? “He and Tanzim [the group Bargouti helped found] represent the next generation of secular Palestinian leaders. One of the biggest mistakes of the Israeli establishment and American envoys over the past two years has been their failure to open back channels to Tanzim …”

    Wrong. One of the biggest mistakes of the Israeli establishment and American envoys of the past two decades — let alone past two years — has been their empowering of Palestinian autocrats and terrorists. The soft bigotry of low expectations, in other words. In what passes for conventional wisdom, only a man who has targeted civilians could have the credibility to lead the Palestinian people. What does this say about the Palestinian people? It is this thinking which led the West to fund and arm arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat and later his deputy.

    Releasing an unrepentant murderer from prison is a human rights concern of the highest regard. Those who yearn for peace must stand firm against any such decision. Naturally, Israelis are at the forefront of the campaign to release the Palestinian murderer. No other people would be so crazy.

    Shift the question to any other sphere, and instantly one recognizes how insane this proposition is. Want to solve financial corruption? Release Bernie Madoff and have him take over the Security and Exchange Commission! Why are we missing this “golden opportunity” to end financial corruption once and for all?

    Want to solve murder in the U.S.? Release Charles Manson and appoint him chief liaison to the New York Police Department! Only he has the “credibility” to work with law enforcement and end violent deaths.

    Concerned about domestic terrorism? Release the Unibomber, Ted Kaczynski, so he can quell terrorism against government agencies, particularly in Oklahoma.

    It is too bad the Columbine shooters are not still alive to run for office so they could lead the crack-down on school violence and prevent such tragedies in the future.

    Marwan Barghouti should not be let out of prison, for any reason whatsoever. He should spend the rest of his days pacing in his cell thinking about Fani, Maital, Udi and Nissim Dahan who will never see their father, Eli, again. Barghouti engineered the attack on two Tel Aviv restaurants which killed Dahan and several other civilians.

    Why should Barghouti enjoy the freedom that he denied Yosef Habi, who was enjoying a night out in Tel Aviv with his wife, Haya? Barghouti’s assassins first shot Haya, and then Yosef ran to her rescue shouting “Don’t shoot!” but the terrorists killed him anyway. Now Yosef’s son Itzik and daughter Sima will never hug him again.

    Releasing Marwan Barghouti would pervert justice, prevent peace and make a mockery of morality.