Now it will be possible to look into Khader Adnan’s eyes as Israel’s apartheid wall falls

Nine weeks into Khader Adnan’s hunger strike, solidarity activists spray paint a stencil of Adnan’s face on Israel’s apartheid wall. Adnan was violently taken from his home near Jenin on December 17, 2011, and has since been held under administrative detention without being charged and without being allowed to exercise his right to a trial. Today marks his 65th day without food.

This photograph merits its own post. Palestine’s graffiti culture is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Typically, pieces commemorate social or political heroes: the newly-wed neighbor, Palestine’s martyred children, an Italian activist who put his neck on the line for Palestinian human and civil rights, or, in this case, a baker whose only “crime” was growing a beard, being Palestinian, and refusing to break.

The stencil on the left says “Free Khader Adnan” in Arabic. The one on the right was adapted from the popular banner icon displaying Khader Adnan’s mouth as a lock.

In due time, when Israel’s apartheid wall is knocked down, I hope whoever is in charge of taking down this particular slab of concrete looks deeply into Adnan’s eyes and recognizes that his persistence and strong will played a overwhelming role in collapsing Israel’s institutionalized discrimination against Palestinians.

The photograph was originally found in an article about Randa Adnan and her support for her husband.


There are 7 comments

  1. Jacob

    Khader Adnan is a leader of a recognized terrorist group operating out of the West Bank, one that calls for the destruction of Israel and has perpetuated terror on the Jewish state since the organization’s founding. I hardly think classifying his only “crime” as growing a beard and being Palestinian to be legitimate.

    1. Sami Kishawi

      So, I’m going to play it easy on you. What’s his crime? What has he been charged with?

      It’s not against the law to be part of Islamic Jihad just like it isn’t a crime to be a part of the Ku Klux Klan, for example. It is a crime, however, to break the law. Is there conclusive evidence that says Adnan is part of IJ anyways? And if he was (keep in mind, as I’m sure you know, it’s still an allegation), is there any proof that he did anything illegal? If so, why hasn’t he been charged yet?

      Logic, Jacob. Logic.

  2. Jacob

    Before we go on Sami, I have a few questions for you.

    1) Will you condemn IJ?
    2) Will you condemn Hamas?
    3) Will you condemn Hezbollah?

    Simple, ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

  3. Belle

    As the leader of IJ, he bears significant responsibility for the group. While I do not know the specific crimes that Israel has against him, I do know that IJ is a terrorist group, and that there is a wealth of conclusive evidence against them and documented terrorism committed in the name of the group. While it may not be a crime to be a member of the KKK, I would assume and hope that it is a crime to be the leader of the KKK and encourage or order a lynching or crime of any sort, even if one is not personally involved with the perpetuation of this said-crime.

    1. Sami Kishawi

      The only allegation that exists is that he is part of IJ. Israel has yet to come up with evidence that he leads the group or that he committed anything opposite of the law. As a matter of fact, Israel has yet to come up with any evidence at all. Human rights agencies around the world are demanding his release and/or calling for a trial.

  4. Sam Holloway

    Hasbara never sleeps. Watch this mouthpiece slide easily from lying about Khader Adnan to lying about Iran:

    1) Will you condemn IJ?
    2) Will you condemn Hamas?
    3) Will you condemn Hezbollah?

    Simple questions, yes, but completely meaningless. The ‘terrorist’ groups are not being held, nor are they being accused en masse. If Israel is the advanced democracy that it claims to be, then it must at the very least adhere to basic principles of justice. You can’t punish entire groups for the acts of individuals, and you can’t punish an individual for the acts of groups. You must address the individual for his own deeds, and nothing more. If his association with a group is somehow related to his crimes, then it stands to reason that it can be called in as evidence of motivation. But regarding his association as the crime is not just or even logical.

    Still, I’ll close by answering the meaningless questions. I’ll condemn Islamic Jihad and Hamas if they carry out so much as one violent act AFTER the illegal Israeli occupation of their land is ended. I’ll condemn Hezbollah if it carries out so much as one violent act AFTER Israel pays reparations for its various assaults and occupations of Lebanon and shows a marked to determination to be a peaceful and constructive neighbor henceforth.

    1. Jacob

      Sami: I’m going to assume your silence indicates that you will not condemn any of these terrorist organizations. Thank you for showing everyone what we have here. At least Sam Holloway admitted his support for individuals who shoot rockets at schoolbuses full of children and call for the worldwide extermination of Jews.

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