Quotes about Marwan

“Marwan Barghouthi, the first parliamentarian to be arrested, is the most prominent and renowned Palestinian political prisoner in Israeli jails. The national leader Marwan Barghouthi is a strong advocate of his people’s freedom and dignity, of reconciliation and democracy, of peace based on international law. Our objective is for Marwan Barghouthi and all Palestinian prisoners to regain their freedom. Until they are released, the rights of the Palestinian prisoners must be upheld, in line with international law and human rights, including by pressuring Israel to abide by its obligations as Occupying power”, Joint letter by Leaders of all Palestinian political groups, at the occasion of the 11th anniversary of Marwan Barghouthi’s arrest

“Marwan Barghouthi is an important voice in support of a just peace with Israel and a powerful advocate for Palestinian national unity”, Jimmy Carter, former US President, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“The political life and the vision of Marwan Barghouthi, the undeniable legitimacy he enjoys among Palestinians in their entirety, as well as the particular ties he has developed and has always preserved with France makes of him an important Palestinian figure. He has managed these last few years, from within his prison cell, to actively contribute to the intra-Palestinian reconciliation efforts. I have no doubt that he can bring, once free, a precious contribution to peace efforts”, Hubert Védrine, former French Foreign Minister

“What symbol then would demonstrate better that peace is possible, that Israel is genuinely interested in a just peace than the release of Marwan Barghouthi? Barghouthi, a man whose  life has embodied Palestinian somoud, resistance and future aspirations; a man who led the negotiations that brought about the historic 2006 Prisoners’ Document that united all parties and offered Israel peace.  If Israel is interested in peace, Barghouthi is the test. Just as peace and change in South Africa were signaled by the release of Nelson Mandela, the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi could signal too that in Palestine, Israel is embracing a new path and that indeed freedom is near.  Mahmoud Darwish wrote that Palestine is “A country preparing for dawn.” From the darkness of Israel’s prison cellars, Barghouthi’s freedom could signal that the long night  that began in l948, is finally drawing to a close.” Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“This Palestinian people has still today so many of its militants, of its citizens in Israeli jails, and  particularly the Parliamentarian who was a man of peace, an advocate of peace, Marwan Barghouthi”, Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director general of UNESCO

“Mr. Barghouthi’s arrest and transfer to Israeli territory was in violation of international law; also reaffirms, in the light of the compelling legal arguments put forward in Mr. Foreman’s report, on which the Israeli authorities have not provided observations, that Mr. Barghouthi’s trial failed to meet the fair-trial standards which Israel, as a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is bound to respect, and that as a result Mr. Barghouthi’s guilt has not been established; deeply regrets that Mr. Barghouthi is not on the list of the Palestinian prisoners to be released, and reiterates its call for his immediate release”, Inter-Parliamentary Union, in its resolution adopted unanimously on 19 October 2011

“Calls for the immediate release of the imprisoned members of the Palestinian Legislative Council including Marwan Barghouthi”, European Parliament, in its resolutions adopted on 4 September 2008, 5 July 2012 and 14 March 2013