The world lost a creative spirit this week. Walid Daqqah, who was convicted of commanding the group that abducted, tortured and killed an Israeli soldier in 1984, died of cancer in an Israeli prison after 38 years behind bars. An Amnesty International representative called the death “heart-wrenching”, while the group’s post on X referred to him as a “Palestinian writer”.

 His is only the latest in a long line of wrongful deaths at the hands of the powerful, according to online observers: Gloucestershire builder Fred West, painter Adolf Hitler, and notable architect Adolf Eichmann. True artists always suffer for their work.