Marwan Barghouti: PA has no authority

Imprisoned senior Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti (Twitter)

Middle East Monitor  /  September 28, 2021

Imprisoned member of Fatah Central Committee, Marwan Barghouti, has said: “the Palestinian Authority (PA) has no authority” adding that the Battle for Jerusalem “revealed the inability and fragility” of the Palestinian political system, Sama news agency reported yesterday.

Barghouti also said that the PA “has allowed the Israeli occupation to cost nothing,” noting that the occupation “is practicing ethnic cleansing and much aggression on the Palestinians.”

The main current in the PLO, he explained, “has agreed on less than the minimum demands” needed to make peace with the Israeli occupation.

Immigration, settlement, building up force, and strong international allies “are the backbone of the Israeli occupation,” Barghouti explained, noting that 32,000 Jews immigrate to Israel annually and the number of Israeli Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank has increased by 200,000 in the last ten years.

Meanwhile, Israel has been building up its military power and it is making alliances with Russia, China, and India, in addition to its alliance with the US. At the same time, the occupation state has been seeking to become a central state in the region, one which nearby countries have been seeking to forge alliances with, he explained.

The recent Battle for Jerusalem, which took place across the occupied territories and within Israel in May, “is proof that the Palestinians will not give up fighting for their rights despite their sufferings and pains,” Barghouti said.

It also “revealed the inability and fragility of the Palestinian political system and proved that we need to produce a new alternative leadership through general elections.”