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The Palestinian Authority, which already claims it has a “right to kill” under United Nations precedent, now reportedly wants the Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on a terrorist imprisoned for the murders of five people.

The logic is that such recognition of Marwan Barghouti would legitimize the “prisoners’ struggle” against Israel, according to Palestinian Media Watch, which monitors and analyzes Palestinian Authority media and culture. Its work has been cited in the U.S. Congress.

The report quotes Issa Karake, the head of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, who said the candidacy for the prize “is essentially a call to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners’ struggle … and also a response to the claims and Israeli terms that do not recognize the legitimacy of their struggle, and treat them as ‘terrorists and criminals.'”

PMW said the PA’s request “to recognize the legitimacy of the prisoners’ struggle” is the PA euphemism for “recognizing the legitimacy” of Palestinian killing of Israelis, noting Barghouti was convicted of five murders.

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PMW noted that Palestinians already claim “that they have a right under international law, confirmed by a U.N. resolution … to kill Israeli civilians in all places and at all times.”

The report explains the Palestinians base that on U.N. resolution 3236 of 1974, which “recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to regain its rights by all means.”

“The PA interprets ‘all means’ as including violence and killing of civilians. Significantly, it has chosen to ignore the continuation of the resolution which states that the use of ‘all means’ should be ‘in accordance with the purposes and principles of the charter of the United Nations,'” PMW reported.

The U.N. charter prohibits targeting civilians, even in war, the report noted.

Barghouti was convicted for the deaths of Yoela Hen, who was shot at a gas station near Jerusalem in 2002; Eli Dahan, killed at a Sea Food Market restaurant in Tel Aviv in 2002; Yosef Habi, stabbed during that same restaurant attack; Police Sergeant-Major Salim Barakat, killed in the same attack; and Greek monk Tsibouktsakis Germanus, killed in a shooting in 2001.

PMW reported the campaign already has included lobbying from a number of leaders, including Mahmoud al-Aloui, a Fatah Central Committee member, who called Barghouti “a source of pride for the Palestinian people, being one of the founders of the Palestinian national path of struggle.”

Karake said: “We, the Palestinian people, support this initiative, and we think this initiative carries several messages … a judicial message, which is a response to the Israeli claims accusing the prisoners of being terrorists and criminals.”

Also, the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida ran the headline “National campaign for the candidacy of the prisoner Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize.”

The PMW report said the move carries the message that “those Palestinians who have killed Israelis are said to have done something positive and heroic.”

“Now the PA is taking its ideology to the international forum and seeking recognition for these fundamental principles of PA ideology. They are asking that Palestinians have an internationally protected right to murder Israeli civilians, that will also be recognized as a positive act that should be awarded.” PMW reported.

The report continued: “As a means to attain this recognition, the PA is asking the international community to award an imprisoned Palestinian terrorist with the Nobel Peace Prize” even though Barghouti “orchestrated many terror attacks in which Israelis were murdered.”

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