I guess the insignificant fact that Barghouti was convicted of murdering 5 Israelis (and implicated in the murder of 22 others!!!) escapes all the "goody two shoes" Jews who are pleading for his release. Releasing Barghouti would make a mockery of the entire Israeli judicial system (which the Israeli Supreme Court has succeeded in doing long ago). It would also send a strong message to all arabs who are contemplating murdering Israelis; Kill as many Israelis as you can and if somehow you are caught,you'll eventually be released and be hailed as a "moderate Palestinian leader".
Preliminary report: Palestinian stabs man near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem (Haaretz)
from the article: Free Barghouti Now