Some Palestinians upset with Israel that evidence shows terrorist hunger strike is a fraud
The deliberate release of a video showing Palestinian politician Marwan Barghouti eating cookies and a candy bar in his cell while supposedly leading a hunger strike against conditions in Israeli prisons has widened divisions as the 50-year anniversary of the Six-Day War approaches.The Palestinians have been running a scam for generations in Israel. They are a beggar culture that produces little of value and refuse jobs from Israeli companies in some instances. They have a victim strategy mentality and the hunger strike is just another example of that. They seem upset with the Israelis for showing the leader of this scam is a murdering fraud.
Israelis say the video highlights the duplicity of a terrorist. Palestinians are convinced that the leaked footage is either a setup or “fake news” about a charismatic leader whom many Palestinians view as a potential replacement for Mahmoud Abbas, the 82-year-old president of the Palestinian Authority.
The controversy has risen as President Trump prepares to visit Israel on Monday during his first international trip as president. Aides say the president will discuss with Mr. Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the prospects for another diplomatic push to solve the Middle East’s most intractable conflict.
But the Barghouti controversy shows the smoldering passions on the ground that Mr. Trump will have to navigate.
“Barghouti is a murderer and hypocrite who urged his prisoners to strike and suffer while he ate behind their back,” said Gilad Erdan, the Israeli minister of public security who oversees the prison service that released the video. “This hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards. It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti’s political ambitions.”