The “hero” leader of a 1,000-man Palestinian “hunger strike” – a terrorist who is protesting Israel’s prison conditions – has been caught on video hiding and stuffing his face with cookies and candy inside his cell at Kishon Prison.
Marwan Barghouti was sentenced in 2004 to five life sentences after he was convicted of murdering Israelis and being a member of a terrorist organization.
“In 2004, Barghouti was convicted on five counts of murder for the deaths of four Israelis and a Greek monk, as well as attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, and membership of a terrorist organization,” the BBC reported. “The court found there was insufficient evidence connecting him to the 21 other deaths on the original indictment.”
Now the Israel Prison Service has released video footage of Barghouti, who is currently leading the massive hunger strike, shoveling cookies into his mouth while sitting on a toilet on April 27 and again munching candy bars on May 5.
Barghouti first looked around to be sure no one was watching. Then he ate the sweet treats, attempted to flush the wrappers and washed his hands and face. He also ate salt on May 5.
Watch the footage:
Sources inside the Israel Prison Service say Barghouti was set up to see if he would stick to his “hunger strike,” Haaretz reported.
Apparently, Israel is using cookies and candy bars as part of a “psychological war” against cold-blooded killers.
“This was expected as part of the psychological and media war the Israel Prison Service is conducting against the prisoners,” Barghouti’s lawyer, Elias Sabbagh, told Haaretz. “We can’t address the content of the clip so long as they don’t let us meet with Marwan. Let us visit him and then we will check the claims with him.”
Palestinian prisoners reportedly began striking on April 17 because they want the following accommodations in Israel’s prisons:
- Install a pay phone in each wing of every prison
- Allow more frequent family visits
- Allow photographs with family during visits
- Improve medical conditions
- Abolish solitary confinement
- Abolish detention without trial
In an April 16 New York Times opinion piece, Barghouti explained the reasons for his purported “hunger strike.”
Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike.
Some 1,000 Palestinian prisoners have decided to take part in this hunger strike … Hunger striking is the most peaceful form of resistance available. It inflicts pain solely on those who participate and on their loved ones, in the hopes that their empty stomachs and their sacrifice will help the message resonate beyond the confines of their dark cells.
Decades of experience have proved that Israel’s inhumane system of colonial and military occupation aims to break the spirit of prisoners and the nation to which they belong, by inflicting suffering on their bodies, separating them from their families and communities, using humiliating measures to compel subjugation. In spite of such treatment, we will not surrender to it.
But apparently, Barghouti found it more difficult to resist the oh-so-delicious cookies and candy.
“As we’ve said all along, the terrorists’ hunger strike isn’t about their prison conditions, but only about Barghouti’s desire to bolster his status in preparation for the day after Abu Mazen,” said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who referred to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by his nickname, according to Haaretz. “Barghouti is cynically exploiting the terrorists for a hunger strike for which they are paying and will pay a heavy price, while he himself can’t restrain his own appetites.”
Some Twitter users poked fun of Barghouti on the social media site, including one man who posted an image of him with an oversize donut stuffed in his mouth and a photo of the Cookie Monster.
Even Pizza Hut’s franchise in Israel jumped in on the action, poking fun of the incident in an ad posted to Facebook that showed an image of Barghouti sneaking the food and the question: “Barghouti, if you’re already going to break the hunger strike, isn’t pizza better?”
Pizza Hut’s ad also included a Photoshopped image of an empty pizza box on the floor of Barghouti’s cell and a slice of pizza inside his sink.
Palestinians called for a boycott of the pizza chain, and Pizza Hut later issued an apology for the ad on the Facebook account of its Lebanon franchise, according to the Times of Israel.
On April 20, Israeli activists held a large barbecue outside Ofer Prison to taunt the Palestinians on hunger strike with the tantalizing aroma of meat, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The prisoners “will enjoy breathing in the smoke and suffer from the smell of the meat, and [we will] show them that we will not give in to their whims,” said the National Union activists.
Barghouti’s wife, Fadwa, held a news conference in Ramallah and claimed the video of her husband’s cookie binge was “fabricated,” according to the Washington Post.
“Although Palestinian hunger strikes are not new, what sets this one apart is Barghouti’s involvement,” the Post reported. “Despite spending 15 years behind bars, he is still very popular among Palestinians who view him as their own version of Mandela. He has acquired an almost mythical status over the years, and graffiti of his face adorns the separation wall between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.”
As WND reported just weeks ago, the Palestinian Authority reportedly wants the Nobel Peace Prize bestowed on Barghouti.
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.