A moving open letter from Marwan Barghouthi, revered Palestinian unifier, political prisoner and leader of the 1st and 2nd Intifadas, now serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison, in honor of Nelson Mandela and his fierce "capacity to defy oppression and apartheid (and) choose justice over vengeance...(who) was "not only writing history, but contributing to the triumph of light over darkness." This, in contrast to a U.S. complicit in today's apartheid over 20 years of keeping Palestinians occupied.
"You said, 'We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.' And from within my prison cell, I tell you our freedom seems possible because you reached yours. Apartheid did not prevail in South Africa, and Apartheid shall not prevail in Palestine."