“”It is his job to bring us day after day reports of the Palestinian predicament in the Gaza Strip,” said the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent, Paul Adams, himself a former Middle East reporter.” [emphasis added]
At the time, the BBC also reported the following statement:
“On Tuesday, Palestinian Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti said the government was making every effort it could to secure Mr Johnston’s release.
“We in the government are deeply sorry and ashamed that this kidnapping is ongoing, especially since he is a friend of our people and has done a lot for our cause.
“His kidnapping is detrimental to our nation and our national cause,” Mr Barghouti said.” [emphasis added]
Another member of the Barghouti clan had this to say:
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