Jerusalem - Nelson Mandela's struggle for freedom inspired Palestinians to believe that their own liberation was “possible,” jailed Palestinian leader Marwan Barghuti said on Friday.
His remarks were made in an open letter to Mandela sent from Cell 28 of Hadarim prison in Israel, which was published by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) a day after the South African liberation leader's death.
“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,” he wrote.
Barghuti still wields huge influence from inside prison where he is serving five life sentences for attacks on Israeli targets and has been dubbed “the Palestinian Mandela”.