Member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council Hatem Abdel-Qader said al-Barghouti is "intending to run for the Palestinian Authority presidential elections”. Abdel-Qader told the nomination of al-Barghouti is normal and a "healthy phenomenon" for the electoral race. "We are with the legitimacy, but when going to the ballots, it is the right of the Palestinian people to give their opinion and elect whom they found suitable." Al-Barghouthi was detained in 2002 by the Israeli forces and is currently serving a life-term sentence over charges of "directing armed groups that killed and injured Israelis during the Second Palestinian Uprising (intifada)".