(JNS.org) Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan revealed Sunday that convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who has led a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, has been caught secretly eating.
A video released by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) shows security camera recordings of Barghouti eating cookies and salted snacks in the toilet stall of his prison cell during the hunger strike.
“This hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards,” Erdan said. “It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti’s political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen (Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas).”
He added, “Barghouti is a murderer and hypocrite who urged his fellow prisoners to strike and suffer while he ate behind their back.”
Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah Sunday, the terrorist prisoner’s wife, Fadwa Barghouti, claimed recordings of her husband were fabricated and said the footage will only strengthen Palestinian prisoners’ resolve.
“The prisoners are familiar with Israel’s lies and games, and the video they released signals the beginning of [Israel’s] fall,” she said.
An unidentified IPS official told Israel’s Channel 2 Monday the videos of Barghouti were obtained as part of an IPS plan to tempt the strike leaders to eat by placing food in their cells.
During a similar hunger strike launched by Palestinian prisoners in 2004, Marwan Barghouti was also filmed secretly eating.