A Palestinian on His Arrest and Liberation

Last month Fadi Quran, a Palestinian activist whom I met this summer, was arrested by Israelis during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron. As I noted at the time, the charges--which included assaulting the arresting officers--were false, as was shown by videos that surfaced after the arrest. After the videos drew international attention, Fadi was released, and apparently Israeli authorities will not pursue the case further.

I recently spoke with Fadi at length about his arrest and his role in the growing movement to oppose the Israeli occupation via nonviolent resistance. (The subject of this demonstration was the status of Shuhada Street in Hebron.) You can watch the whole interview at Bloggingheads.tv, but here are a couple of highlights.

On how he wound up getting arrested and the immediate aftermath of his arrest:

On how his fortunes changed after videos of his arrest drew international attention--and how lucky he is that, as a Stanford graduate with dual US-Palestinian citizenship, he was well enough connected for this case to draw such attention:

Other topics we discussed include whether a demonstration can be called "nonviolent" if some demonstrators throw rocks, and whether Israelis should fear the success of a nonviolent resistance movement (in particular, the possibility that it could result in a "one-state solution.")

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Robert Wright is the author of The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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