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Marwan bin Khatib Barghouti (Arabic: مروان البرغوثي‎) (born June 6, 1959) is a Palestinian political figure.[1] He is regarded as a leader of the First and Second Intifadas. Barghouti at one time supported the peace process, but later became disillusioned, and after 2000, went on to become the main figure behind the Al-Aqsa Intifada in the West Bank .[1][2] Barghouti is said to have founded Tanzim. He is also referred to by Uri Avnery as "Palestine's Mandela".[3]

Barghouti has also been called a terrorist, and has been accused by Israeli authorities of directing numerous attacks and suicide bombings against civilians.[4] Barghouti was arrested by Israel Defense Forces in 2002 in Ramallah.[1] Israeli authorities accused him of murder of Israeli civilians and attacks on Israeli soldiers. He was tried and convicted on charges of murder, and sentenced to five life sentences.

Barghouti still exerts great influence in Fatah from within prison.[5] With popularity reaching further then that, there has been some speculation whether he could be a unifying candidate in a bid to succeed Mahmud Abbas.[6]

In negotiations between Hamas and Israel over the exchange for the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Marwan Bargouti is one of the more probable names to be on the list aside many other Palestinian prisoners of different affiliations.[7][8]



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