December 15, 2005


Fatah split as rebels defy Abbas old guard (Daily Telegraph, 15/12/2005)

The ruling Palestinian faction, Fatah, split last night when activists led by the jailed intifada leader Marwan Barghouti announced they would field candidates in elections next month as a new party.

Barghouti's wife arrived at election headquarters in Ramallah and presented a separate list of candidates to the one registered by the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, severing ties with the generation of Fatah leaders who came to power under Yasser Arafat.

Saeb Nimr, Barghouti's spokesman, said: "We have registered an independent list under the name, The Future, headed by Marwan Barghouti."

Israel will release him sooner or later because reformist leadership serves their interests.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2005 8:24 AM

What a great precedent! (But will his party's motto be "Shake Barghouti! He Gets Results!"?)

Pretty soon, every single Palestinian terrorist currently in an Israeli prison (Israel has no death penalty, except for one rather special VIP) will undoubtedly form a new political party, in order to lead it.

Talk about Democracy overflowing in the Middle East!

Posted by: Barry Meislin at December 15, 2005 8:52 AM

VIP's: Given the fullness of time, the renewed interest in Nazism, BDS and the new and improved Kool-Aid fortified with moonbat genomes, Eichmann may yet become a cult hero.

Posted by: erp at December 15, 2005 10:18 AM

Civil War in 4, 3, 2,...

Posted by: Mikey at December 15, 2005 10:27 AM