MAJOR FAIL – New York Times Allows Convicted Palestinian Terrorist to Pen Op-Ed From Prison, Describes Him as a Leader

The New York Times has allowed convicted Palestinian terrorist, Marwan Barghouti to pen an op-ed. Barghouti is serving 5 life sentences in an Israeli prison after being convicted of killing five Israelis in 3 terrorist attacks in 2001 and 2002.

The New York Times describes Bargouti as a ‘Palestinian leader and parliamentarian’ leaving out the fact that he’s a convicted terrorist.

Via The Daily Caller:

The New York Times has given precious space on its op-ed page to a Palestinian man leading a hunger strike in an Israeli prison. But the essay, from Marwan Barghouti, leaves out one crucial fact: he is in prison because he was convicted of killing five Israelis in terrorist attacks more than a decade ago.

A footnote to the op-ed describes Barghouti only as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian,” omitting any reference to his 2004 terrorism conviction.

Barghouti says in his essay:

“I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike,” Barghouti writes.

The 57-year-old Barghouti says that he has been in and out of prison since the age of 15. He claims he was tortured by Israeli police at the age of 18 and that he has been targeted because of his political opposition to the Israeli government. He also glosses over his most recent conviction, failing to note that it was for terrorism and that it was the product of a “show trial.”

Notably absent from the essay is a denial from Barghouti of the allegations against him. He was convicted in 2004 of orchestrating three separate terrorist attacks in Israel in 2001 and 2002. He was implicated in several other attacks, but was acquitted due to a lack of evidence.

This decision to give a convicted terrorist op-ed space in the New York Times drew condemnation form many people who were outraged.

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. blasted the New York Times…’Shame on the New York Times…’

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