Barghouti's wife outraged

Wife of archterrorist claims Israel fabricated the video of him eating in prison while on a hunger strike.

Dalit Halevi ,

Barghouti eats in prison despite being on hunger strike
Barghouti eats in prison despite being on hunger strike
Israel Prison Service

Fadwa Barghouti, the wife of archterrorist Marwan Barghouti, claimed on Sunday evening that the video unveiled by Israel, in which her husband is seen eating in jail despite supposedly being on a hunger strike, was fabricated by Israel.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Barghouti said that the publication of the video was a "low" act by Israel that teaches about "the defeat of the occupation" in dealing with the hunger strike and was proof of the "weakness" that Israel is demonstrating against the prisoners' determination.

She claimed that Israel is preventing her husband and the other striking prisoners from meeting with a lawyer or contacting people outside the prison.

Qadura Fares, chairman of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, said at the press conference that the publication of the video was not surprising, as Israel was expected to publish "lies and disinformation" at this stage of the hunger strike.

Fares called the media in Israel which published the video "an arm of the political echelon that is leading the campaign against the prisoners and the strike they are holding."

Footage of Barghouti’s jail cell published on Sunday revealed that the he feigned his own hunger strike, eating in secret in a corner of his room.

Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan (Likud) mocked Barghouti, accusing the jailed terrorist of orchestrating the hunger strike to improve his own political standing while failing to take part in the strike itself.

“The terrorists’ hunger strike has nothing to do with their prison conditions; it is simply a [tool] for Marwan Barghouti’s political interests, both inside prison and in the Palestinian Authority,” said Erdan.

The terrorist prisoners launched the hunger strike on April 17, but it has since showed signs of weakening.

Jailed terrorists have often used hunger strikes as a pressure tactic aimed at forcing Israel to improve the conditions of their imprisonment or release them out of fear for their lives. Israel has several times in the past caved to the pressure and released some hunger strikers.