I’m sorry if it’s harsh, but if he accepted his medal in 2011, that was after Cast Lead, after the Nakba, after the 1st and 2nd Intifadas and concurrent with the continuous oppression and ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Knowing all of what Israel had done at the time he was given the medal, then why accept it in the first place? And then why give it back now? Did he expect special favors from Israel and then was shocked to learn that his family too could be a victim? When I read the story, I felt bad for him losing his family members and respected him for his act of conscience in returning the medal, but I also had to ask what took him so long to wake up to the nightmare Israel is and has been for a very long time.