Most of those slated for release would have been freed a few months from now anywayIsrael frees 429 Palestinian prisoners Dec 03, 2007
We're struggling for a small country in size, but a large one in honor and freedomImprisoned Fatah leader speaks out Jan 14, 2007
I call upon the Palestinian people to give their votes to Fatah sole candidate Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen to show commitments inside Fatah movement and to keep it unitedBarghouti quits Palestine candidacy Dec 12, 2004
A new Palestinian political system will be formulated, consecrating the principle of partnership between the various Palestinian factions and reinforcing national unity on democratic basesFatah chief: occupation starts end in 2005 Nov 29, 2004
Next year will witness the real beginning of the end of the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territoriesFatah chief: occupation starts end in 2005 Nov 29, 2004
Marwan Bin Khatib Barghouti ( مروان البرغوثي born June 6, 1959) is a Palestinian political figure. He is regarded as a leader of the First and Second Intifadas. Barghouti strongly supported the peace process and Oslo Accords. Barghouti is said to have founded Tanzim. Barghouti as a political activist is acclaimed by both of the competing Palestinian political movements, Fatah and Hamas. He is also referred to by some commentators as "Palestine's Mandela".
Barghouti was captured by Israel Defense Forces in 2002 in Ramallah. Israeli authorities accused him of murder of Israeli civilians and attacks on Israeli soldiers, and after a controversial trial he was sentenced to five life sentences in Israel.
Barghouti still exerts great influence in Fatah from within prison. 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.