Is a Barghouti presidency the best hope for a free Palestine?

According to opinion polls, Marwan Barghouti is set to win the Palestinian presidential elections in July against octogenarian Abbas who’s been president since 2006, and whose popularity has been in steady decline. A major leader in the First Intifada in 1987, Barghouti was exiled to Jordan. He returned to Palestine after the singing of the Oslo agreement in 1994. Two years later he was elected a member to the Palestinian Legislative Council. It was during the Second Intifada that Barghouti became a popular resistance figure and leader of Fatah’s military wing. He’s been Israeli prison since 2…

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