On February 24, 2012, a 24-year old Palestinian American, Fadi Quran, was assaulted and arrested by Israeli security forces during a non-violent protest in the West Bank for allegedly pushing an Israeli soldier. Video footage strongly indicates that Fadi was doing nothing more than arguing with armed soldiers at the time they grabbed him, attacked him with pepper spray, and smashed his face against the metal bar of a jeep. He is currently being held, along with others arrested during the protest, in the Moscowbya prison awaiting trial. At the time of the arrest, he was protesting against the closure of Shuhada Street in Hebron, one of the city’s main thoroughfares, on which Palestinians have been forbidden to walk or drive on for over a decade.
We, the undersigned, condemn the unprovoked use of violence against an unarmed civilian. Furthermore, we call on the Israeli government to drop all charges against Fadi Quran and release him from prison unharmed.
Professor Noam Chomsky
Professor Clayborne Carson
Director, Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Professor Joel Beinin
Dr. Allen Weiner
Co-Director, Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation
Professor Khalil Barhoum
Professor Eva Silverstein
Professor Emerita Rega Wood
Professor Shamit Kachru
Professor Franco Moretti
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