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Assassination attempt on Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

By Editor - October 26, 2015
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Mustafa Bargouthi]

Photo by Lazar Simeonov.

Late Saturday evening two men attacked Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary of the Palestine National Initiative, outside his home in Ramallah. The assailant cut an eight-centimeter wound from his left ear down to his cheek with a knife or sharp object.

According to Dr. Barghouti the assailant was aiming at the neck but Dr. Barghouti moved his head, avoiding a fatal injury.

One of the attackers, who spoke Arabic, told Dr. Barghouti, “let the Intifada help you,” suggesting the attack was politically motivated and that they could be collaborators with Israel.

“What happened was an assassination attempt. A cheap and cowardly criminal act,” said Dr. Barghouti.

“I believe the attack is targeted at the Palestinian popular resistance, at the Palestinian people and their leaders. It represents serious risk to freedom of speech, pluralism and Palestinian civil society. Those who committed this crime are not only criminals but are definitely serving the interests of the occupation.”

He added the incident, “represents a risk to people’s personal safety and shows no Palestinian is safe.”

Dr. Barghouti emphasised that the attack should not discourage the popular resistance movement and that he will remain committed to the non-violent struggle.

“It will not stop me from struggling for our freedom, performing my humanitarian work and believing in the power of non-violence.  It will not distract me from my duty. We will continue until we stop all settlement activities, until we end this occupation and most importantly, until we guarantee that our prisoners will be released.”

“Our struggle is also aimed at building a free democratic Palestinian state with respect, freedom of speech and organisation.”

Dr. Barghouti thanked all the Palestinians and internationals who called to express their support, adding that this attack will only lead to more unity among the people and an unprecedented level of solidarity.

“You would never have imagined that all these different political parties and organisations would gather in this way. The most important thing is that we have shown the possibility of having a united leadership. We will not be silent about what happened, we have to continue.”

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