"From his cell in an Israeli prison, one of the Palestinians’ most revered figures called on Monday for a new wave of civil resistance in their decades-long quest for statehood and for severing all ties with Israel.
Marwan Barghouti is a leading figure in the Fatah movement. His leadership and charisma were seen as a driving force behind the Palestinians’ last intifada, or uprising, against the Israelis launched in late 2000.
His views continue to have deep currency with the Palestinian public and he enjoys wide support across the contending array of Palestinian factions. It is widely speculated that Israel might at some point release Barghouti.
"The launch of large-scale popular resistance at this stage serves the cause of our people," Barghouti said in a statement commemorating the 10th year of his imprisonment by Israel.
"Stop marketing the illusion that there is a possibility of ending the occupation and achieving a state through negotiations after this vision has failed miserably," he said in a message read to a crowd of supporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Despite his multiple life sentences on charges of orchestrating lethal attacks and suicide bombings, Barghouti is viewed as a potential successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also Fatah’s leader."