‘Showed Palestinians the way’
JERUSALEM: Madiba’s struggle for freedom inspired Palestinians to believe that their own liberation was possible, jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghuti said.
His remarks were made in an open letter to Mandela sent from Cell 28 of Hadarim prison in Israel, which was published by the Palestine Liberation Organisation yesterday.
“You said: ‘We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.’ And from within my prison cell, I tell you our freedom seems possible because you reached yours.”
Barghuti still wields huge influence from inside prison where he is serving five life sentences for attacks on Israeli targets, and has been dubbed “the Palestinian Mandela”.
Mandela, who first visited Israel and the Palestinian territories in 1999, was an ardent supporter of the Palestinian cause.
Many Palestinians have been inspired by Mandela’s successful struggle in their decades-long struggle to end Israeli occupation.
“You carried a promise far beyond the limits of your country’s borders, a promise that oppression and injustice will be vanquished, paving the way to freedom and peace,” said Barghuti. – Sapa-AFP