Palestinian news media has prominently glorified one of the most dangerous Palestinian arch-terrorists in a recent interview, Palestinian Media Watch revealed Wednesday.
Abdullah Barghouti was arrested in March 2003 and sentenced in 2004 to 67 life sentences for his role in the murders of Israelis in a string of suicide bombings - including the suicide attack at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem in 2001, the Ben Yehuda street bombings in 2001, the Cafe Moment bombing in 2002, the Hebrew University bombing in 2002, and the 2002 Rishon Letzion club bombing, among others.
PMW revealed that independent Palestinian news agency Ma'an, on the TV program "In a Prisoner's Home," interviewed Abdullah's father in June and praised him as a "hero."
Barghouti's father stated that he was "proud" of his son, who he sees as a "noble fighter" who acted "generously" for "Palestine."
"Abdullah Barghouti, I am proud of him, because everyone knows of Abdullah Barghouti and what he generously did for Palestine," he said. "I am proud of him and I say: Praise Allah who gave me this hero, noble fighter for Palestine and its cause. I say: Praise Allah, Lord of the Universes, Abdullah fought for Palestine and left his family, his father and mother, and left behind three children, two girls and a boy, and sacrificed everything for the Palestinian cause."
"I ask every Palestinian of noble soul to follow in the footsteps of Abdullah Barghouti for Palestine and Jerusalem."