August 19, 2002


Mandela to observe Fatah leader's trial (Jonathan Steele, August 15, 2002, The Guardian)
In a major embarrassment to Israel, Nelson Mandela has agreed to observe the trial of a Palestinian leader formally indicted yesterday on charges of murder and terrorism.

A lawyer for Marwan Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian legislative council and secretary general of the Fatah movement in the West Bank, revealed he had been in South Africa last week to invite the former president to the trial.

"He said he was enthusiastic about coming," Khader Shkirat said. He quoted South Africa's most famous political prisoner as saying: "What is happening to Barghouti is exactly the same as what happened to me. The government tried to de-legitimise the African National Congress and its armed struggle by putting me on trial."

Mr. Mandela's continual pronouncements on Palestine prove you can let the terrorist out of prison but you can't get the terrorism out of the prisoner.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 19, 2002 9:07 PM
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