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Letter: Dangerous prisoner release demanded

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is greeted before

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is greeted before the start of speeches at the 66th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters. (Sept. 21, 2011) Credit: AP

In "Jailed Palestinian a key to Mideast peace talks" [News, March 20], you report that Marwan Barghouti "is serving multiple life sentences for his alleged role in killings of Israelis."

There is nothing alleged about his role. Barghouti was convicted in court of several counts of murder and attempted murder. He was one of the major leaders of both the First and Second Intifadas, and is the founder of the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade, which has been designated as a terrorist group not just by Israel, but also by the United States, Canada, Japan and the European Union.

What does it say about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinians that they insist that they cannot talk about peace with Israel unless Israel agrees to release convicted terrorist murderers from prison?

Allan Mosak, Cedarhurst