Posts Tagged ‘israel’

Fadi Quran To Be Released, Set on Bail

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Israeli soldiers detained Fadi Quran '10 last Friday during a protest in Hebron against the Israeli-enforced closure of Shuhada Street, a main thoroughfare in Hebron that has been closed to Palestinians since 1994.

Stanford grad and Palestinian nonviolent youth activist Fadi Quran ’10 is scheduled to be released from Israeli prison after he posts bail, according to PolicyMic. Fadi’s sister Semma is reporting on Twitter that she has just returned from Fadi’s hearing at 1:30pm, and that 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.

Stay tuned for more updates.

TUSBriefing: Sadness and Food

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The first two of heads-ups and goings-on that I unilaterally and unequivocally deem important share a common theme: they’re just not uplifting.

Kim was beloved on campus for his unforgettable personality in addition to his culinary mastery.

-Lag Late Night manager Kim Hess–known ubiquitously by his first name–passed away on Sunday unexpectedly at the age of 58. Simply put, it is widely known that Kim was one of the major reasons that Lag Late Night is so much better than Stern Late Night–enough of a reason to inspire many late night aficionados from East Campus to make the long haul out to Lag. The news was announced via Facebook.

-Despite significant progress on the campus Israeli-Palestinian relations front, other news is far more disheartening. At a speech at UCSD, conservative Jewish author David Horowitz responded to a leader of UCSD’s Muslim Student Association by asking whether or not she supported Hezbollah in wanting Jews dead, and she replied in the affirmative. You can watch the video here–it’s about as disconcerting as it gets. At the same time, Peter Beinart at the New York Review of Books writes a fascinating piece on American Jewish liberalism, but prominently mentioned in the piece is an equally disturbing trend: Israeli foreign policy is becoming quickly more inclined to positions that are harsher towards Arabs–a sentiment grounded in stark hatred.

-This is where Monty Python comes into play. Kim will not be forgotten, but Stanford will soon be getting a new food icon: Ike Shehadeh. Ike is the Ike in Ike’s Place–which is so popular in San Francisco that it is–no joke–too noisy for the Castro. After lamenting the lack of good food options on campus, perhaps my complaints were answered–in the form of the delicious-sounding “dirty sauce.”

Disclaimer: The noteworthiness and subjective value in these items is solely based on the opinion of this post’s author (me), as are the noteworthiness and subjective value of the occasionally snarky commentary. Except for mourning Kim–we all agree that he will be missed dearly. That’s a fact.

TUSBriefing: Highlights from Around Campus and Beyond

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I wanted to point out a few items of note–whose noteworthiness is subject solely to my opinion–that are worth your time amidst all of our busy schedules*:

Florida politician Alex Sink's political ambitions should have nothing to do with her children's actions.

-Nik Milanovic writes a great opinion piece in the Daily on the Kappa Sig listserv controversy. The students who deactivated were completely within their rights to be offended and take the actions they did (and I think deactivation is an appropriate response), but to turn this into an issue that could have political ramifications for the offending students’ parents, among other responses, is pushing it way too far. If my parents were responsible for every bad joke I told, they’d almost certainly be in jail at this point.

-A guest op-ed by Yishai Kabaker ‘10 also in the Daily is positive and thoughtful in regards to the possible issue of divestment (in this case, related to Israel/Palestine). If the possibility of divestment does become any sort of issue on campus, this might be an idea that gains a steady hand and can hopefully deflect what could very easily turn into a religious and ethnic flame war on campus. (See a response op-ed to Kabaker here).

-In an apparent attempt to galvanize some class pride, there will be a “Battle of the Classes” in which students of the four undergraduate classes will compete against each other in various sports (soccer, basketball) and “sports” (chess, corn hole). Not in the competition: beirut. Prediction: the freshman will come out in droves and the other three classes will be participating in napping or beirut.

-Stanford, in all its diversity, apparently has a tea party. I know the media gets a great deal of criticism for devoting far more time to this “party” than it deserves, but I can’t resist asking this question: am I the only one who finds it interesting that every person in this video is white and male?

Just throwing it out there.

*The noteworthiness and subjective value in these items is solely based on the opinion of this post’s author (me), as are the noteworthiness and subjective value of the occasionally snarky commentary.