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In 1994, restrictions began. Access was alternately allowed, then denied. Since October 2000, Palestinians were entirely prohibited from walking or driving on Shuhada and adjacent streets.
Doing so caused center city economic collapse. Over 300 shops and other commercial facilities closed. Israel turned Hebron's central bus station into an army base. Area properties, including homes, were closed by army order. Many residents left. A ghost town remained.
Settlers can use the street freely. They also harass Palestinians with impunity. Closing Shuhada Street reflects longstanding Israeli policy to make life so unbearable residents will give up and leave Occupied Palestine.
Some do, but most resist courageously and won't quit. It's their country, their land, and they're struggling to regain it and end decades of abusive occupation.
Quran and other activists support them. He's a Palestinian American, a US citizen/Stanford University graduate, class of 2010. He's now in Al-Maskubiyeh Prison. It's notorious for conducting abusive interrogations. Torture's freely used. US officials in Israel were told. Whether or not they'll help isn't known.
On February 27, his trial began. In military tribunals, guilt by accusation is policy. Secret evidence was presented unavailable to defense attorneys. It's standard Israeli practice when none exists. Justice is systematically denied. Expect Quran to fare no better.
His family was denied contact. His lawyer barely saw him. Whether or not charged, he faces potential months or years in prison.
In March 2011, Time magazine profiled him in an article headlined, "A New Palestinian Movement: Young, Networked, Nonviolent," saying:
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