Legendary Steadfastness

Abby Zimet

Incredibly - though perhaps inevitably given the arc of history - Israel has agreed to release in April Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, who will end his 66-day strike. More here and here on what it means to Palestinians, especially the over 750,000 held in Israeli jails since 1967, and the 4,500 currently held. Video here of widespread protests for Adnan the West rarely sees. Right-wing members of Israel's Likud party are already charging the deal sets a dangerous precedent that "renders the Israeli values system meaningless,” implying that humanity, dignity, equity and compromise have no place in Israeli politics. If so, we hope he's right.



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