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Today, I join Khader Adnan's hunger strike - will you?

As Khader Adnan enters his 65th day of hunger strike, he is receiving increasing and substantial support among the Palestinian communities in Palestine and abroad. The Palestinian factions have called for a general strike in solidarity with Adnan on Tuesday. Despite initial frustrations of the delayed attention where rallies on Adnan’s behalf a few weeks ago had low attendance, it seems Adnan has become a symbol and leader of the Palestinian resistance movement.

Even politicians couldn’t ignore his existence anymore. President Abbas was reportedly making calls on behalf of Adnan to Russia, China, Britain and the European Union. Hamas Prime Minster Ismail Haniyeh led a massive protest in Gaza and made calls to the Egyptian government asking it to intervene on behalf of Adnan.

Adnan has the potential to inspire the masses and breathe life into the indifferent majority. After all, it was one man called Bouazizi who inspired thousands in Tunisia and caused a regime change. The struggle of Adnan according to what he told his lawyer is not about himself but as he told his lawyer, he wants his hunger strike to generate an awakening for the Palestinian people and specifically Palestinian prisoners. He doesn’t consider his hunger strike a tool to save himself but rather an example to inspire a nation that has been under military occupation for decades.

However, half way through writing my post, I realized I was missing the point of Adnan’s hunger strike. I asked myself, will writing another article make my conscience clear? Have I done everything to help Adnan and the Palestinian prisoners? Forty percent of Palestinian men have been in prison at one point in their lives. Adnan’s story is the story of all Palestinians and the struggle of Adnan is the struggle of all Palestinians. So, what should I do?

I remembered that two weeks ago, after I published an article about Khader Adnan, someone from Tel Aviv emailed me and asked  about suggestions of what she should do to help Adnan.

Quickly I responded. I told her that emails, faxes and statements would make no difference. I suggested that Israelis who want to help should join Adnan’s hunger strike. Israelis might not care about a Palestinian doing hunger strike, but if Israelis join him, that will bring much more attention to his cause. After all, I believe that the best way for Israelis to help make a difference is by fully joining Palestinians not by words but by actions.

Today, I realized that I couldn’t write about Khader Adnan with a full stomach. So, I am not eating in solidarity with Adnan. I talked to a few friends  and I was pleasantly surprised that many of them decided to join me.

I am convinced that those who want to help Khader Adnan and his cause, must first try to empathize with him, walk in his shoes, feel the pain of being hungry, at least for one day or one week. Last Friday all Palestinian prisoners joined Khader Adnan in his hunger strike. In different places in Palestine and the diaspora, groups of Palestinians are fasting in solidarity with Adnan.

I haven’t heard of any Israelis who joined Adnan in hunger strike but I hope there are some that weren’t reported or I haven’t heard of. So, if any of our readers, Jewish, Arab, Palestinian or Israeli are joining Adnan in his hunger strike, email me about your experience. Tell the world why you are standing with Adnan. The stories of those who refuse to stand aside watching injustices without lifting a finger might inspire many others to join in an action for justice and humanity.

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    1. Tal

      As an Israeli i call to free Khader Adnan, free all 300 political prisoners and free Palestine (alongside Israel).
      However, let us never forget that Kader’s organization “The Islamic Jihad” is responsible for more than 30 completed suicide bombings (according to Wikipedia) against civilians – innocent men, women and children.

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    2. Massimiliano

      @TAL: The Israeli Defense Forces are responsible for many more deaths of innocent people, including women, children and disabled. But I can’t remember any Israeli making that point when calling to free Gilad Shalit.

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    3. laila in italy

      Thanks for this article Aziz. Today I am fasting with you, in solidarity with Adnan and all the Palestinian prisoners, for justice.

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    4. Richard Witty

      Does Adnan have specific demands, conditions?

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    5. Tal

      @MASSIMILIANO: Your’e right about Israelis not making that point about Shalit.
      HOWEVER, I do remember many pro-Palestinians mentioning that Shalit was on a mission from the IDF, so here i am being a good student.

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    6. Tal

      I guess what i’m saying is: even though the Palestinians are fighting for a just cause, not all means justify the end.

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    7. @Richard Witty
      He is protesting Israeli system and prison practices such as:

      1- Administrative detention which can last for years without any process in courts. Adnan and his lawyers don’t even know why is he in prison. Hundreds of Palestinians are detained on this ground at the moment. It doesn’t matter if he is Islamic Jihad, he is not charged with anything.

      2- Humiliation and torture
      According to Adnan since his arrest, interrogators made denigrating remarks and mocked him, his religion, and his family. Later they applied physical pressure on him including ripping parts of his beard, tying him in painful positions…etc. Add to this “naked search” where prisoners asked to be nude for it.

      3- Solitary confinement. If you challenge the prison administration treatment of you, that’s where you end. Despite his health situation, Adnan was put in solitary confinement before taking to the hospitals.

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    8. Ahmad's iPad

      Within a few hours leisurely drive from Mr. Abu Sarah’s home dozens of civilians are murdered daily by the Syrian army, fatal clashes in Lebanese neighborhoods, In Libya, Bahrain & Egypt people’s lives are in growing danger – Yet Aziz supports a member of Islamic Jihad who chose to fast instead of being released in less than 3 months.

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    9. Susan

      The Islamic Jihad is an organization with a Nazi-like hatred for ALL Jews everywhere. It plots the destruction of the state of Israel.

      I don’t think that anyone should be held in administrative detention for any reason, but let’s be clear about who this man is and what he stands for. He is no hero.

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    10. Rachel

      I believe in the concept of intellectual honestly and if we follow that principle we will find out that there are many palestinian prisoners in israeli prisons that are treated much better than Adnan would be treated in Hamas prison. There is no mention of prisoners getting free education or human rights organizations visits. Hamas finds it very convenient to protest when it suits their agenda but do you really believe for a second they are fighting for a greater palestinian cause. What a hypocrisy.

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    11. @Rachel
      The goal is not to compare Hamas prisons to Israeli prisons. I am sure Israel’s prisons are better than those in other countries, at least better than Syrian prisons but Israeli prisons still violate human rights and moral ethics. torture is wrong, humiliation is not acceptable. indefinite detention is unjust. Do you really want to defend these practices by pointing out that others do it as well?

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    12. Richard Witty

      I agree that detention without charge is cruel and unusual, and unnecessary for any purpose.

      I’m just trying to understand what he is doing.

      There are forms of dissent that are of the nature of demands, conditions. There are others that are of “witness”.

      Gandhi for example, employed both approaches at different times.

      A day’s fast is not that convincing. Its definitely a statement, but does not illustrate commitment. A week is significant. A thousand fasting for a week will make headlines.

      There are two possible goals to non-violent civil disobedience. One is to inform the mass of Israelis (and others), towards insisting on reform. The other is revolutionary, to push for fundamental change in political formation.

      Reform is an effort at persuasion, and is not ultimately threatening. Revolution is threatening, and will be met with more desparate and severe response.

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    13. @Susan
      I am confused by your comment. You think administrative arrests are wrong but you won’t protest it becuase it is against an Islamic Jihad affiliate? So, since he is an Islamic Jihad affiliate (with no proof or even a charge that he committed any acts of violence), it is okay to torture him, threaten to kill him, mock his religion and make nasty comments about his wife, sister and mother?

      You don’t find that something worth protesting? I am not a supporter of Islamic Jihad doctrine, but I am a supporter of every human being right to dignity, justice and freedom and the way he is being treated is not that of a human being.

      But even if you think Adnan is Islamic Jihad so he deserves it, what about 307 other Palestinians in administrative detention? Will you do something for them? Maybe you will consider standing for any of those? How about the torture methods applied in interrogations? You think they are fine? Will you do something about that?

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    14. Richard Witty

      For reference, a couple years ago, there was a day-long fast organized to protest the isolation of Gazans. I fasted.

      The next day, after fasting, a Palestinian solidarity activist was angered that I stated my appreciation for Zionism, for the welcome change in consciousness and objective standing of the Jewish people, after the holocaust.

      The previous day’s public statement of sympathy for Gazans was not enough.

      I appreciate your statement of solidarity with a suffering man that you regard as principled.

      In asking me, or others, to join that solidarity, I/we face a dilemma.

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    15. Susan

      What I object to is turning him into a hero and blameless victim.

      No, I don’t think it is OK to torture someone or even hold them in administrative detention if they are a member of Islamic Jihad. I certainly would join a protest against that, but I would not go on a hunger strike in solidarity with such a person.

      I do not think it is OK to mock Islam, but I do think it is OK to mock what the Islamic Jihad calls Islam. i also think it is Ok to mock the Haredi Jews who want to reduce women to second class status.

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    16. Minem

      I believe that no one here is supporting the agenda of the Islamic jihad. I see it a kind of bigotry to accuse Aziz and all the Palestinians supporting Khader Adnan as supporters of such agenda. Just as no one will be accusing the Israelis who supported Gilad Shalit as Zionists (it is an accusation since it’s a fascist ideology).
      We stand in solidarity with Khader Adnan because:
      1. administrative detention is inhumane and against any criteria of human rights and human dignity.
      2. The international community has crossed every red line in providing Israel with immunity against any kind of criticism. Palestinians expect no support from the world anymore because the world chose to ignore them.
      3. and as a result of the second reason, Palestinians don’t trust any mediator or international “authority” to hold Israel accountable for its crimes. As a result we see a prisoner like Khader Adnan choosing to defy this oppressive occupying regime by choosing to die slowly in order not to give up his freedom and dignity.

      Regardless of his demands or the request of Aziz to join in solidarity. If you consider yourself a human rights activist then your and my demand should be one; either the release or just trial for all Palestinians held under administrative detention. Some of which, by the way, are minors.

      And let me make one last point clear: by doing so you are not giving anything to the Palestinian people (who clearly are not waiting for anyone anymore). You will be doing that for yourself; keeping your own dignity and humanity at times where even these are easily questioned and manipulated.

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    17. Piotr Berman

      If you want a blameless victim, Dirar Abu Sisi is a good candidate. I posted info on another thread.

      However, some people (idiots?) claim that all humans have certain inalienable rights. Preposterous as it may seem, ALL! Even if we can trust our government that it mistreats only VERY BAD people, this is still MIS-treatment.

      In the middle of a battle or in a heat of campaign people often do not think rationally. For example, captive fighters of the other side are often finished “execution style”. But bureaucracies can be inhuman as a matter of style, routine, and doctrine.

      Again and again, IDF and security forces were caught lying, often in a totally preposterous way. Yet the trust remains that whatever they do, even lies, are “for a good reason” is a security blanket for most of Israelis. And Americans. In both countries, the value of judicial review of security decisions is about as high as in Syria. And below Pakistan.

      Citizens want security and if lies, and cruelty, are for a good cause, so be it. Authorities have a full picture. And a plan. And priorities.

      Win elections. Secure the budget (IDF does not run in elections). And doggone, sometimes it feels fine to teach those dogs a lesson. And, of course, security and peace for the citizens, that too.

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    18. Jazzy

      Aziz: In the minds of the American public (+972s intended audience for the most part), it would (if people knew about this in large numbers which they don’t) matter that Adnan is part of Islamic Jihad, even if you don’t think it should. Nor is it a question about whether Adnan deserves anything – its a question about doing what’s necessary to stop Islamist terrorism in the 21st century. Obama just terminated an American citizen because he we involved in Al Qaeda propaganda – think about it.

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    19. Piotr Berman

      There is a popular concept of morality that the moral conduct/policy assures (or strives to assure) that good things happen to good people and bad things happen to bad people. And Evil is what bad people do and Goodness is what good people do (not the other way around, bad people being those who do Evil stuff).

      Imagine that you are a government minister in charge of, say, subsidized housing, and you are a deeply moral person. How should the available units be allocated? Obvious: to good people. If you are not only moral, but also deeply religious than you know that good people have to be deeply religious. Because it is a bit hard to do it VERY openly (alas, not the entire government thinks that way) one can design objective rules that would achieve the objective.

      Or imagine that you are a minister in charge of health, and a bunch of bad people want to take exam that would give them the right to practice medicine (they graduated from an evil medical school). What do you do? Deny! And if it is in the contempt of the court, so be it, one has to risk something for the sake of morality.

      Israel is perhaps most moral country in the world, but that may eventually pose problems for the citizens. While few question the need to treat bad people badly, the reverse of the coin is to treat very good people very well. Which may be expensive. The bravest Jews are the settlers, laws should be bent and state coffers opened. The most pious Jews are haredim, laws should be bent and state coffers opened. The wisest Jews (at least, we rely on their wisdom with our lives) are in IDF and security forces. Then you have business tycoons who keep our economy running. At least, it is enough to bent the laws for them, and collect money to state coffers in moderation. That leaves so-so Jews, with no particular commendable characteristic, somewhat behind.

      What I am trying to suggest that a more legalistic approach can actually make sense for citizens who is simply a good citizens, but neither very brave, nor very pious, nor very rich, nor very wise. Even if it means that you cannot treat very bad people as badly as they could be treated.

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    20. Ahmad's iPad

      @Aziz: “I am not a supporter of Islamic Jihad doctrine, but I am a supporter of every human being right to dignity, justice and freedom and the way he is being treated is not that of a human being. ”

      Yet you don’t do anything for the innocent victim’s of Assad’s dictatorship but act in favor of a radical Islamist who calls for the killing of civilians.

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    21. @Ahmad’s iPad
      You are so wrong, I didn’t want to respond to you earlier and embarrass you. How do you know that I don’t do anything about Assad’s dictatorship?. In my work at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, I am engaged with most conflicts/Arab Springs in the Middle East including Syria… but you don’t really care about that, do you? You were hoping to discredit my post by claiming that I single out Israel… Which is not true, becuase I speak against wrong and for Justice everywhere. Next time you want to make statements like this, you should take sometime to research you claims, otherwise it makes you look pathetic.

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    22. Terese

      Just read this report about people killed in Gaza in 2011.114 Palestinians of which 15 were children, Houses demolished etc.etc.by the IDF.
      The hunger strike is not about Islamic Jihad,or hwatever organization, it is about that he and with him many others are in Israeli prison without any charge . If they really did something wrong let hem charge him.GIlad Shalit was kidnapped sitting on a tank with a gun in his hand, Adnan was lifted from his bed in the middle of the night

      http://www.alternativenews.org/english/index.php/component/content/article/28-news/4154-2011-year-of-israeli-violence-in-gaza-strip

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    23. Susan

      Minem, I think that calling Zionism facism is antisemitism. Yes, I really think so, I am not just trying to stifle debate. So be careful before you charge someone with racism. Take a good look at yourself first. I don’t think that Abu-Sarah supports Islamic Jihad’s agenda, but let’s be clear about what their agenda is.

      There is also the question of the best way to end administrative detention. I’m not sure that a hunger strike is the best way. Does it genuinely help you to reach the goal of ending administrative detentions or does it make one feel smug and self-righteous. I’m not sure.

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    24. Danny

      @Aziz, do you think this man will be able to do for Palestine what Bouazizi did for Tunisia?
      .
      As an aside, why don’t the Palestinians think outside the box; here’s an idea: OCCUPY THE OCCUPATION. I’ve often thought that if the Palestinians went en masse – all 2.5 million of them – and marched on the settlements as one, there wouldn’t be anything Israel could do about it, as even Israel cannot kill thousands upon thousands of unarmed men, women and children. The international media would have a field day with this story, and Israel would placed in such a bind, that it would have no choice but to negotiate a withdrawal. I, for one, would be glad to join that kind of movement.

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    25. noam

      while i usually agree with almost everything aziz posts, and i have great appreciation for him, this time susan is really speaks out for me. i don’t know if i would dare being so confrontational, but she is making an important distinction here.

      i’m also against administrative detentions. but the fact that this man is a member of the islamic jihad is a crucial factor for me. it IS a red line for me on the personal, moral level. solidarity with an individual person is not unconditional. in some cases, it requires more than standing for a principle. i WOULDN demonstrate against administrative detention, and vote against it. this man, like any other human being, has a RIGHT to a transparent trial. with that i agree. but in order for me to fast for the freedom of this individual, he must not be a murderous racist supremacist. sorry, it’s as simple as that. let us remember that recruiting to the islamic jihad isn’t compulsory anywhere in palestine (as opposed to recruiting to armed forces in many democratic and non-democratic states). so there isn’t even a deep dilemma here.

      btw, i would also never consider fasting 10 minutes for the freedom of movement of michael ben ari. i just wouldn’t. for the same reasons.

      the topic here is very important, but the iconisation of this guy went beyond all reasonable proportions.

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    26. Ahmad's iPad

      @Aziz: I’ve listened to your interview, you were not very critical of Assad (Mass murderer Jr.) – merely regurgitating news and tautologies (there is never stability right after a revolution- thank you captain obvious). let alone suggesting to go on hunger strike in support of civilians there.

      But the fate of soon to be released Islamist radical moved you enough to go on a hunger strike.

      How long will your strike last ?

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    27. Xenophia and racism galore in these posts, again. No difference between the despicable fb-wall, the JP and this site, when it comes to reactions. Is it just the easy buck, or are they what we would call collaborators when things get back to “normal”?

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    28. sh

      It’s good that the difference is being marked between fasting against administrative detention and fasting for Khader Adnan himself. But should the idea that some of those fasting are doing so in solidarity with a member of Islamic Jihad prevent people who see the use of administrative detention as a gross travesty of justice from participating?

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    29. aristeides

      Ahmad – what’s with this “soon to be released”?

      .
      The entire point is that Adnan is NOT soon to be released under the rules of administrative detention. Detention can be extended over and over again, without due process – indefinitely.

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    30. dukium

      Adnan is trying to demonstrate that even if they try to humiliate him and his people they cannot control his will. his body is the only tool that he has at disposal.
      I am sure that if most of the “Susan like” people would have suffered what Adnan suffered in his life, what has been imposed on his people, all the times that he was in jail without process…I am sure, I was saying, that the”Susan like” person would join any possible organization of this world.
      In what he is doing he is an hero as bobby sands was.
      If you like you can continue to blame this guy from your warm apartment, but please don’t continue to write as if you were a better human being than him.

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    31. Sinjim

      I disagree with this post, but obviously not because of the same arguments being put forward here.
      .
      I look at @Noam’s post and wonder if he ever made the same argument about Gilad Shalit, who was participating in the enforcement of a siege on 1.5 million people that included blocking all exports and severely limiting food imports. I doubt it, and I can see that he has already hinted at justifications for why Shalit is “less” guilty of atrocities.
      .
      No, Aziz. Let’s not subject ourselves to the indignity of begging the very people who do this to Palestinians to join us in solidarity. As you can see, the answer has been near unanimously no.
      .
      When you first wrote about Adnan, I asked where the hell the PA was? What were Abbas and Erekat and Fayyad doing to stop this? I mean, it’s not like there’s anything going with that Rawabi farce. The problem is that they are complicit in these abuses of our people’s rights. They probably handed him over to the Israelis knowing that his civil rights would violated.
      .
      Instead of asking those whose interest in Palestinian rights are “conditional,” why not look at the state of the Palestinian polity? Let’s look at the obstacles in our own society, be they the marginalization of the refugees (particularly in Lebanon) or the division of Gaza and the West Bank or the fact that there is not a single political leader in Palestinian government who is not corrupt and/or authoritarian.
      .
      Khader Adnan hasn’t eaten anything since before Christmas of last year. Why has it only taken us, the Palestinians, until the last couple of weeks to realize what he’s fighting for? Forget the Israelis. They aren’t the key to our salvation anyways. The organizing and the activist infrastructure needs to be happening in our own communities first.

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    32. sh

      @Sinjim – “Let’s not subject ourselves to the indignity of begging the very people who do this to Palestinians to join us in solidarity.”
      .
      He wasn’t.
      Your questions are those opponents of “administrative detention” abuse are asking and each has to ask them of their own societies.

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    33. Administrative detention, by removing all defensive rules for the detained, blots them out. This man blots his own life in response.
      .
      It is quite possible that a man I might abhor can teach me. He is showing us, I think, where this conflict ends. Perhaps, in his demonstration, he is no longer what he once was.
      .
      We must believe people can become something new. Perhaps the fundamental theis of occupation is that they cannot become something new. Perhaps this is being played out in these last few days.

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    34. Linah

      It wasn’t the political factions who called for the strike, it was one blogger from Hebron who did, with other youth groups taking up her call.

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    35. sh

      Sorry, Jazeera outscooping reality maybe. It’s not confirmed.

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    36. Passerby

      Well Aziz, apparently you don’t need to miss a meal because of a leader of a terrorist group.

      http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=258739
      ——–

      I wonder whether there are other truly pressing issues in the region that warrant a hunger strike?

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    37. bobbyb

      Am I alone in wondering how a human survives for 66 days with no food? “In a 1997 article in the British Medical Journal, Michael Peel, senior medical examiner at the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, cites well-documented studies reporting survivals of other hunger strikers for 28, 36, 38 and 40 days. Most other reports of long-term survival of total starvation, however, have been poorly substantiated.” WHY IS NO ONE ADDRESSING THE SCIENTIFIC ANOMALY HERE?

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    38. Steve

      People who claim to be liberal/progressive and claim to care about peace are actively taking the side of an Islamic Jihad terrorist organization member who openly supports suicide-bombing of Israeli Jews.
      Something is really VERY wrong in the world right now in regard to the cult-like, irrational hate directed at Israel… This is really scary stuff. This honestly must be like how Jews in Germany started feeling in the 1930’s, looking around and noticing that people who claim to be “good people” are actively supporting people who want to murder Jews.

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    39. Steve

      Here is video of Khader Adnan screaming in support of the suicide-bombing of Jews:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FupY1qT99TY

      Something is really wrong and scary in the world when you go onto Twitter and see almost every “peace activist” and “human rights activist” obsessively cheering this guy, an Islamic Jihad terrorist, on because he shares their obsessive hate of Israel.

      Something’s wrong, people.

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    40. Steve

      One last note from me:

      I think it says a LOT about Aziz Abu Sarah, the writer of this editorial, that he did not mention “Islamic Jihad” or “terrorist” even a single time in this article. Imagine yourself, if some neo-nazi psychopath was detained longer than is legal. Do you think you’d feel sorry for that neo-nazi psychopath? Do you think you’d support him by going on a hunger strike with him? Do you think you’d write articles on popular websites where you FAIL TO EVEN MENTION that the guy is a neo-nazi psychopath?

      Yet this is what the Jew-haters and Israel-haters in the extreme right and extreme left are doing, and it’s disgusting.

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    41. Steve

      Wow, and National Geographic actually employs Aziz Abu Sarah.

      People in “solidarity” with Islamic Jihad terrorists who openly call for the suicide bombing of Israeli Jews are also getting paid by National Graphic.

      This is really distressing and alarming

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    42. @Steve,
      I wrote two articles about Khader, I linked to the first one in this article and I did mention in the it about his Islamic Jihad association. However, I can tell that you are a troll and wouldn’t take time to actually check that.

      As for endorsing Jihad, I also said in comments over and over that I don’t subscribe to their doctrine, however, I also don’t endorse the Israeli army detaining people indefinitely and without trial.

      By the way, where are you and your fear from terror when it comes to many open kahanists in Israel? Kahana organization was deemed a terrorist organizations yet you have people in the Israeli Parliament endorsing it and they are not being imprisoned for it. How about Rabbi Lior who openly called for killing Palestinians. Why is he not in prison?

      I also wonder how did you take the news that Khader Adnan will be released next month? I mean if he is a terrorist, how come the Israeli army is releasing him? If he is dangerous and murderer like you saying, Why they are not charging him with terror activities? Do you think the Israeli Army is possibly endorsing his terror activities by releasing him? I would assume you would be more angry at the IDF at this moment.

      By the way, another thing since you don’t seem bright enough to get it on your own. I am not employed by National Geographic, My main job is for George Mason University and my tourism company.

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    43. Steve

      AZIZ ABU SARAH above gave me a full response, yet still doesn’t utter any bad words about Khader Adnan. And instead just changes the subject and tries to start naming bad Israelis.

      Wow, and this guy is a tourism leader.

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    44. Steve

      To AZIZ ABU SARAH: You fast in solidarity with Islamic Jihad terrorist organization members who, as the video I posted above shows, openly supports suicide-bombing of Jews.

      That’s like fasting in support of a neo-nazi who calls for genocide who happens to be detained without charges for a while.

      Everyone reading this, take a moment and try to visualize the type of people who fast in solidarity with neo-nazis, holocaust-deniers, or… islamic jihad members who are seen on video promoting suidice-bombing.

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    45. Steve

      Hey Aziz: What do you think of people who would fast in solidarity with Meir Kahane?

      Do you think such people are “progressive” and peace-minded, and should they be given columns on famous “peace activist” websites?

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    46. Steve, you said,
      Hey Aziz: What do you think of people who would fast in solidarity with Meir Kahane?

      I would support Kahana supporters to due process and court hearing and presume them innocent until proven guilty. I will not support putting them in prison without charging them. I don’t care what have you done, I believe you are entitled to a fair trial. The difference between me and you is that I believe in democracy and you believe in military courts system. If we follow your system, then there is no reason for courts, democracy…etc. Police find criminals and puts them in prison as long as they like.

      You said “That’s like fasting in support of a neo-nazi who calls for genocide who happens to be detained without charges for a while.”

      Actually that’s a good question because Israel did charge Nazi criminals and didn’t lock them indefinitely. Obviously that bothers you because you don’t believe in a just system.

      You still didn’t answer me about why is Israel releasing (without charge) a terrorist? Why is the army not charging Adnan and releasing him in a month? If he is a terrorist and dangerous and scary and doesn’t deserve freedom…etc then why they refused to charge him and why doesn’t the army keep him in prison? Are you saying the Israeli Army is releasing a terrorist knowing that he is one? Again, I think you implying that the Israeli Army is endorsing terrorism by releasing him which is a very serious charge, no? … too hard for you to answer???

      By the way, Just to make you scratch your head. People from AIPAC used my tourism services before. I guess you consider them endorsing terror too? 🙂

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    47. Steve

      I won’t pretend to know anything about your tourism service.

      All I know about you is that when the rights of Islamic Jihad terrorists who want to murder Jews are possibly violated, it makes you very angry and upset. That’s you. In solidarity with people who want to blow Jews up.

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    48. Steve

      Lies written on the internet: “I would support Kahana supporters to due process and court hearing and presume them innocent until proven guilty.”

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    49. Steve

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