To be held in prison without a trial is criminal injustice.
To be subjected to torture due to political activity,
controversial as it is,
is something no one deserves to go through.
I am glad Khader Adnan was released,
I wish him good health, freedom &
the joy of being around his family.
However, Khader Adnan is not my hero.
I don't even consider him as a good person,
a character to follow or admire.
Khader Adnan is allegedly spokesman of the Islamic Jihad,
an extremely radical faction in the Palestinian resistance.
Khader Adnan encouraged Palestinian youth to
arm themselves with bombs & commit suicide attacks in occupied Palestine,
attacks that targeted non-combatant civilians.
“Who among you will carry the next explosive belt?”
Adnan demanded at a 2007 rally.
“Who among you will fire the next bullets?
Who among you will have his body parts blown all over?”
I can understand that he is being a significant character to many
Palestinian people who see him as a symbol of resistance .
I can see how his hunger strike helped raised awareness to illegal administrative detention.
I do not mean to diminish the impact of his non-violent hunger strike on public opinion,
or disrespect the suffering he has been through both from the Israeli occupation forces &
his effort to preserve own dignity & honor in impossible situation.
I know militant rhetoric can shock & horrify people that have never carried guns
and never saw their beloved ones brutally attacked by the army.
I find it sad that similar if not equivalent incitement is spread by the occupation forces,
carried by "our best men" (RIP PM Yitzhak Rabin once wished Gaza to be drowned under the sea).
The Palestinian struggle as its name suggests-
is for & by the Palestinian people.
We, international & Israeli activists maybe allowed to support ,
but not to meddle.
However, I reserve the right not to endorse Khader Adnan
as my personal idol.
I can think of many many other Palestinian leaders,
who I shall not name right now,
who are not affiliated with the Islamic Jihad faction,
but have served times in illegal detention for their part of the Palestinian struggle for freedom &
Justice & have been brutally assaulted by the forces of occupation despite
their non-violent methods of protest
and despite the fact that they did not endorse violence against civil population,
although facing such violence towards their own people.
I am not seeking for condemnation of whatever Khader Adnan
did or said in past-
he already bared enough suffering for that, and as in Israeli- I
rather spend my share of condemnation to what the Israeli forces do & continue to do.
All I wish is that justice will be served to
Khader Adnan &
other political prisoners in illegal administrative detention & torture,
admiration , idolizing , hero labels, love
from the Israeli-international Pro-Palestinian community
will be reserved the those who do not wish to get more
civil population involved in the circle of violence
that surrounds us all anyway,
the bloody ring of strangling occupation.