A Palestinian on His Arrest and Liberation

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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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Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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