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Barghouti’s hour

The one man who could unite Fatah and Hamas may soon be released from an Israeli prison

By Jo-Ann Mort   August 2008

Barack Obama visited Israel in July, but he’s not the man who could really change things for Israelis and Palestinians. At least not yet. The man of the hour is 49-year-old Marwan Barghouti, the undisputed leader of “Young” Fatah, who may soon walk free from an Israeli jail in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas two years ago. Barghouti, sentenced by an Israeli court to five consecutive life terms in 2004 for his role in the second intifada, has built up a huge following among Palestinians, who admire his history of street-level politics and his apparent…

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