I published a post here very briefly a few days ago and several of you saw it and wondered where it went after I took it down. I submitted the post, Palestinian Hunger Striker Wins Victory in Battle of Wills With Israeli Army, to Truthout, where it’s now been published (publication here happened due to an error). It deals with Khader Adnan’s victory over the IDF and Occupation and the injustice they both represent.
One of the key points in it has been amplified by two other writers whose work I commend. Both Alex Kane in Mondoweis and Jalal Abukhater in Al-Akhbar English wrote about the power Twitter offered the human rights community in amplifying this message. Had my piece not been written several days ago, I would’ve happily included links to them in it. The daily trending of the #KhaderAdnan hashtag on Twitter forced Israel every day to confront the shame and affront of allowing a Palestinian activist to die on hunger strike.
My piece and Alex’s also note the less than stellar performance of the mainstream media covering this story. FAIR’s Peter Hart noted also that Isabel Kershner’s report allowed a typically anonymous Israeli security source to call Adnan a terrorist without offering any proof of the charge. This is a violation of NY Times policy regarding anonymous sources who must not be allowed to make unsubstantiated charges of a partisan nature without sourcing. In fact, this is precisely the issue the prisoner was making by going on hunger strike. In a true democracy, as opposed to whatever Israel is, a state arrests someone, goes to court and offers evidence of a crime, seeking a conviction and imprisonment. In Israel, in the name of national security, you can call virtually anyone (as long as you’re Palestinian) anything at any time and for any reason as long as you invoke the mantra of “terror.”
I have no doubt that Israel would’ve been just as happy for his to die had it not been for the bad PR it meant in the hasbara war. Not to mention that the IDF probably realized that the Supreme Court, due to hear the matter on the day the deal was announced, would’ve looked askance at such senseless brutality. Beating a tactical retreat represented the most cost-effective way of preserving the IDF’s power to fight another day against the Palestinian resistance.