For some students the Israeli occupation of Palestine may be an abstract issue that is difficult to understand or relate to their experiences at Stanford. Here we present the story of Fadi Quran, a recent Stanford graduate and former president of SPER. Fadi was arrested and detained in the West Bank last February following nonviolent protests of the Israeli-enforced closure of the major street in his town to Palestinians.
On this page, you will find a transcript of an interview Fadi gave to Stanford journalist Kristian Davis Bailey about the context of the protest he participated in, the details of his experience under Israeli detention, and the larger problems of Israel’s occupation of his home. Feel free to listen along to the audio tracks of Fadi’s interview as you read.
Background on Fadi
TIME Magazine has described Fadi as the “face of the new Middle East” for his work in the recent nonviolent resistance movement being led by Palestinian youth. He has been interviewed for his work on Al Jazeera and The Atlantic, among other outlets.
Having put a lot of work into pursuing divestment at Stanford, Fadi was a widely-known, well-respected figure for his ability to talk with people representing the spectrum of views on Palestine-Israel.
Clayborne Carson – the world’s preeminent scholar and biographer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – was one of Fadi’s faculty and spoke highly of Fadi’s commitment to justice.
“I had many opportunities to talk with him about Gandhian concepts of nonviolent resistance and about how Martin Luther King, Jr., and other African-American activists adapted these ideas for use in the southern civil rights campaigns of the 1960s,” Carson wrote. “I was impressed by his seriousness and his interest in talking with contemporary social justice activists in India who were seeking to address the explosive issue of Hindi-Muslim relations in India.”
Clarence Jones, Dr. King’s legal adviser and a Stanford affiliate also praised Fadi’s work during an April 2012 panel at Stanford featuring Fadi and Jones in conversation about African American and Palestinian freedom rides.
February arrest and detainment
More media about Fadi
“A New Palestinian Movement: Young, Networked, Nonviolent” (March 2011)
“The Arab Spring Comes to Israel” (February 2012)
Al Jazeera English
“Green shoots emerge at Qalandia checkpoint” (May 2011)
“Revenge of the settlers” (May 2012)
“Campaign Restore Hope Already Succeeding” by Fadi Quran (May 2010)
‘We will achieve peace’ - feature on Quran’s activism work (April 2012)