[Pnews] Palestinian Hunger striker Bilal Kayed refuses to see doctors - hunger strike day 50

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Wed Aug 3 17:30:00 EDT 2016


  Hunger striker Bilal Kayed refuses to see doctors

Charlotte Silver 
<https://electronicintifada.net/people/charlotte-silver> 3 August 2016

Bilal Kayed <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/bilal-kayed> has now 
been on [hunger strike] for 50 days.

In mid-June, he was supposed to return to his home in the West Bank 
village of Asira al-Shamaliya 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/asira-al-shamaliya> after serving 
nearly 15 years in an Israeli prison.

But when Israeli authorities reneged 
and placed him under administrative detention 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/administrative-detention> instead, 
he began refusing food.

His protest has drawn strong support: around 100 Palestinian prisoners 
have joined a hunger strike in solidarity 
with him.

Among those who have begun 
refusing food are Ahmad Saadat 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ahmad-saadat>, the 
secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/pflp> who is currently serving a 
30-year sentence.

The Palestinian circus performer Mohammed Abu Sakha 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/mohammad-abu-sakha>, placed under 
under administrative detention last December, and jailed activist Hassan 
Karajah <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hassan-karajah> are also on 
hunger strike.

This week, Kayed issued a letter 
from his hospital bed addressed to the Palestinian people.

Kayed writes that he has begun refusing all medical examinations.

He also demands to return to prison so that he can stand “side by side” 
with all prisoners who are resisting Israel’s occupation from behind bars.

“I am here, today, finishing my first stage in my battle with this 
brutal occupier,” he writes. “And I have declared my second stage, which 
is one of unity with all prisoners from all backgrounds and political 
parties so that we can all, collectively, stand at the point of the 
arrow of the national struggle, inside and outside the prisons.”

The head of the Palestinian Authority’s 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/palestinian-authority> health 
ministry, Kamal al-Shakhra, visited Kayed on Tuesday.

Al-Shakhra reported that doctors have warned 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772492> that Kayed, who is in 
his mid-30s, could die suddenly as his health is deteriorating.

The ministry called on international health organizations to pressure 
the Israeli government to release Kayed.

Kayed is being held in Barzilai hospital in Ashkelon 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ashkelon>, a city in present-day 

Last week, an Israeli military court rejected 
Kayed’s appeal for release, saying that secret evidence showed he posed 
a security risk if released.

On 15 June, Kayed was given a six-month administrative detention order 
that could be renewed indefinitely. Administrative detention is the term 
used by Israel for imprisonment without charge or trial.

Kayed has refused 
to be represented by lawyers from the Palestinian Authority, who have in 
the past negotiated deals with Israeli authorities for hunger strikers.

He is relying solely on legal aid provided by the prisoners’ rights 
group Addameer <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/addameer>.

Kayed has cited the severe and abusive conditions 
in which he is being held in hospital.

He is shackled 
to a hospital bed by his right hand and left foot throughout the day and 

He is under constant watch by three Israeli guards, or a surveillance 
camera when his lawyer visits. His room is monitored by a motion 
detection device that blasts a loud noise every 20 minutes or whenever 
there is movement in the room.

Other Palestinians involved in the hunger strike in various prisons have 
reported cell raids, confiscation of personal property and revocation of 
other privileges.

A spokesperson for the Israel Prison Service 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/israel-prison-service> told Al 
Jazeera that prison authorities have punished a “few hunger strikers” in 
the same way they would punish “any other prisoners’ disciplinary 
violation” – by depriving them of “privileges.”

Campaigners around the world have called 
for Kayed’s release.

Amnesty International 
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/amnesty-international> has 
Israel’s widespread and arbitrary use of administrative detention 
against thousands of people.

In June, Amnesty observed that Israel’s use of administrative detention 
had “sharply increased” during the past year.

According to Palestinian human rights groups, Israel issued 127 
administrative detention orders during the month of July.

Latest figures 
indicate that the total number of Palestinians in administrative 
detention stands at around 750.

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