Palestinian Freedom fighter Marwan Barghouti is Arafat’s probable popular successor. Fatah Secretary-General (since 1994) and a key figure in both the first Intifada and the present Intifadat al-Aqsa, Marwan sits in an Israeli jail, sentenced last June 6 and serving five life sentences plus 40 years. Israeli and international progressives should raise two demands now loud and clear: for Barghouti’s immediate release from prison and for the protection of his safety wherever he is. There is a definite danger the Israeli government may decide to ‘eliminate’ him if they think he is the likely choice of the Palestinian masses.
. . . The public’s tolerance of flagrant violations of candidates’ and voters’ rights indicates yet another instance where sacrifice of individual rights has become acceptable, with the assumption, I suppose, that it will always be the other fellow’s rights that are sacrificed . . .
Stores have sales, offer freebies and loss leaders and generally do their best to imbue the holiday spirit with a commercial intent. This year I say we should take a more pro-active militant stance, instead of just choosing to turn off and drop out of consumer culture, give it a good smashing on N26 ’04.