Palestinian nonviolent youth activist and PolicyMic pundit Fadi Quran is scheduled to be released from Israeli prison after he posts bail, according to sources on Twitter. Fadi's sister Semma is reporting that she has just returned from Fadi's hearing, and he will be released shortly. His bail was posted at 3,000 NIS (or approximately $790 U.S. dollars)
The two other men who were held with Fadi will appear before court on Thursday.
Fadi's upcoming release brings a culmination to a dramatic international advocacy campaign which began last Friday, when he was arrested and imprisoned by Israeli authorities. In just four days, Fadi's story spread like wildfire in the media, on Facebook and Twitter, and via PolicyMic and Change.org. A Free Fadi Quran Facebook page has garnered 1,295 Likes, and many supporters changed their profile pictures to stand in solidarity with Quran.
Over at Change.org, Stanford student Lila Kalaf spearheaded a campaign to petition for his release which generated 2,392 signatures, including activist Noam Chomsky, Stanford Middle East professors Joel Beinin and Khalil Barhoum, and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Institute Clayborne Carson.
His release is a testament to the power of people power in action, a powerful sign of the influence international advocacy and social media on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Fadi was violently assaulted and arrested in Palestine on Friday. Fadi, a Stanford '10 graduate from the West Bank, was arrested in Hebron for allegedly pushing an Israeli soldier according to activists in Palestine. A video of the altercation (watch the full video here) shows Fadi visibly upset and gesticulating to Israeli soldiers, but never pushing an Israeli officer.
PolicyMic will continue to follow developments as we receive them.
Thank you to all of you who supported Fadi and helped to secure his release!
(See Fadi's comments on this PolicyMic story here, on Occupy Wall Street and Israel-Palestine)
Photo Credit: Free Fadi Quran