New Video Evidence in the Fadi Quran Case

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There is now a second video of the arrest of Palestinian activist Fadi Quran, taken from a new and illuminating angle. It tends to corroborate the drift of the first video--that Fadi, though reportedly charged with shoving or assaulting an Israeli soldier, didn't do anything that could be reasonably construed as that.

If you haven't seen either video, it's probably best to watch the original video first:

The newer video, below, starts with Fadi, his back to the camera, tending to an acquaintance (maybe someone who has been pepper sprayed?). The argument between Fadi and the soldiers seems to start when one of the soldiers tries to clear out some space at Fadi's expense. Fadi protests, but he is clearly backing up, ceding ground, as he does so. Yes, he is gesturing vigorously as he speaks, but he certainly isn't the aggressor.

I don't see any way the reported allegation against Fadi--assaulting or shoving a soldier--could hold up in the face of this evidence. Fadi is expected to undergo some sort of legal procedure on Monday. I don't know if it's a formal bringing of charges or a trial before an administrative judge or what. But it wouldn't surprise me if he is released soon and charges are dropped. Surely some of this video has by now come to the attention of Israelis handling the case. And maybe they've become aware, too, that a case involving Fadi, a Stanford graduate, would get more scrutiny than the average case. (Here's a page curated by Jake Horowitz, a Stanford friend of Fadi's, that posts updates on Fadi's situation.)

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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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