Israel Dropped The Ball (And Snack) On Barghouti

It is being reported that yesterday Israel published a list of Marwan Barghouti’s demands.

Israel on Monday stepped up its bid to undermine Palestinian hunger strike leader Marwan Barghouti, publishing a list of his demands that it said include access to 20 television channels and air conditioning

Barghouti, serving five life terms for a series of terror attacks during the Second Intifada, laid out 19 requests in a letter sent to Prisons Service head Commissioner Ofrah Klinger.

The letter was dictated to another prisoner, who hand-wrote it in Hebrew, media reported.

Among the demands Barghouti made are 20 channels of television, unrestricted books and magazines, air conditioning, a greater selection of items available for purchase in the canteen, family visits, the restarting of open university studies, public telephone use, and annual medical checks for prisoners.

“The document shows how over the top the demands are, no country in the world would enter into negotiations with prisoners for such demands and certainly Israel, which is in a campaign against the terror organizations, will not agree to surrender to extortion and damage its deterrent against terrorists,” said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

Ynet has published the full list:

  1. Installing a public pay phone for the prisoners’ use.
  2. Improved visitation rights.
  3. An annual medical examination for every prisoner, more frequent medical examinations for prisoners over 50, transporting sick prisoners in a special vehicle, dental implants, allowing private doctors to enter the prison without delay.
  4. Cancelling disciplinary action taken against the prisoners.
  5. Giving prisoners access to 20 TV channels.
  6. Giving Gaza prisoners the same visitation rights as other prisoners.
  7. Allowing books, weeklies and newspapers to be brought into the prison without limitations.
  8. Changing and increasing the products available at the prison’s store and increasing the amount of money a prisoner’s family can deposit for him to NIS 2,000.
  9. Improving the conditions during prisoner transfers.
  10. Transporting female prisoners in special, separate transports, improving their conditions.
  11. Installing air-conditioners in the prisons, particularly in Gilboa Prison.
  12. Resolve the issue of overcrowding in cells by housing no more than four prisoners per cell, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling.
  13. Allowing prisoners to study at the Open University, as well as study for and take the high school matriculation exams.
  14. Improving and changing daily living conditions by having a dialogue with the prisoners.
  15. Compensating prisoners who don’t get a visit from their family with a phone call.
  16. Putting an end to the policy of placing prisoners in solitary confinement.
  17. Releasing prisoners who are chronically ill or have special needs.
  18. Allowing prisoners to prepare their own food and manage their own kitchen.
  19. Keeping the prison cells open in the summer until 10pm.

This is very similar to the list I found on a website and published last week.

Which has me asking: Why didn’t Israel publish the list earlier and emphasize how the demands were way beyond prisoner rights according to international law (which is what I did in my post)? How can it be that a simple blogger like me does it sooner?

It is getting increasingly frustrating that I am doing things I expect the Israeli government to do earlier – or even at all.

Israel really needs to get its act together. And fast.

7 thoughts on “Israel Dropped The Ball (And Snack) On Barghouti”

  1. Noah Farbstein

    I don’t see why Israel needs publicly to defend itself.
    They should just reject these and any other similar demand with no explanation and let these terrorists starve to death if they choose.

    This is what I believe is Israel’s and the Jewish People’s problem.
    We see a need to explain our actions so that the world will accept us.

    I believe thatb this shows weakness and leads to more demands and more ridiculous demands, like 20 cable TV stations for convicted killers.

    Is Assad explaining himself for the murder of 500k and the displacement of 2 million Syrians?
    Does Putin explain its annexation of Crimea by brutal force?
    Do the Ayatollas in Iran explain the hanging of Gays and imprisionment and torture of dissidents?
    Does little Kim in N. Korea explain the concentration camps and starvation of its people?
    Does Saudi king Adbul explain the hundreds of beheadings there each year?

    No. None of them are required by the world to do so.

    AND neither should we.
    Its time we just acted in our interest with no explanation!

    1. I agree with you Jews have a pathological need to justify themselves to the world.

      If Jews don’t respect themselves, they shouldn’t expect others to respect them.

      Part of the reason anti-Semitism is as widespread as it is, is the perception that Jews are push-overs. They won’t even defend themselves.

      No wonder Barghouti thinks so little of them, that he has them wrapped around his middle finger. And their actions show he is right.

      If Israel put people who murdered Jews – to death, some people would still hate it but most people would respect Jews.

      Like Hillel said, if I am not for myself, who will be for me? The world certainly won’t.

  2. Why does Israel publicize these demands?

    Its certainly not going to extend them to its own citizens. Even victims of terror don’t get a lifetime stipend from their own government.

    Why do terrorists need to be treated better than the people they assaulted and murdered. Let me put it somewhat differently. Why haven’t they been put to death?

    Israeli justice is a complete joke. And like I always like to say, Jewish life is cheap. Sadly, this is what the country gets when it treats murderers’ demands with the same respect one accords to those coming from righteous people.

    Certain people to my mind, should neither be seen nor heard. Like Marwan Barghouti and his contemptible ilk.

  3. What else does he want, sauna, billiard hall, cigars?
    May terrorists drop dead before they do any harm.

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