[Pnews] Israeli court rejects request to remove handcuffs of bedridden hunger striker Bilal Kayid
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Fri Aug 12 11:15:03 EDT 2016
*Israeli court rejects request to remove handcuffs of bedridden hunger
striker Bilal Kayid*
Aug. 12, 2016 - http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772650
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli court Friday rejected a request by
hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayid to remove handcuffs
which have strapped him to a hospital bed in Israel’s Barzilai Hospital
in Ashkelon since last month when he was hospitalized
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772268> after his health
An Israeli court in Beersheba reportedly rejected Kayid’s request for
removing the handcuffs, including allowing a doctor from outside the
hospital to check on his health condition, according to Israeli media.
The request was submitted by his lawyers, representing Physicians for
Human Rights, to the court on Thursday.
Kayid’s lawyer is set to present an appeal against the Beersheba court
decision to the Israeli Supreme Court, Israeli media reported.
Israel’s Supreme Court has set a hearing session on October 5 regarding
an appeal presented by Kayid’s lawyers challenging his sentence.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Popular Front for the Liberation
of Palestine (PFLP), the left-wing political group Kayid is affiliated
with, the movement said Israel was fully responsible for keeping Kayid
in “inhumane conditions,” while continuing to cuff his hands and legs
despite his critical health condition.
The Israel Prison Service (IPS) told Israeli newspaper Haaretz last week
that Kayid remained handcuffed to his bed in order to “prevent an
attempt to free him.”
Kayid, who entered the 60th day of his hunger strike on Friday, is a
prominent member of the PFLP. After being sentenced to six months of
administrative detention -- an Israeli policy of internment without
charge or trial -- on the day he was expected to be released from a
14-year prison sentence, he declared an open hunger strike.
PFLP-affiliated prisoners from across Israel’s prisons launched
solidarity hunger strikes to support Kayid, with more than 80
Palestinian prisoners <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772561>
participating as of Sunday.
Kayid's health has severely suffered over previous weeks, with the
Palestinian Ministry of Health warning last week that his health was
worsening, <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772492> as doctors
warned of "sudden death."
Kayid is one of the most high-profile hunger strikers since Palestinian
journalist Muhammad al-Qiq came near death during a 94-day hunger strike
before he was finally released in May
Other Palestinian prisoners also joined the strike in protest of being
placed in administrative detention:Muhammad and Mahmoud Balboul
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772486>have been on hunger
strike for almost 40 days, prominent Palestinian journalist Omar
Nazzaldeclared his strike on August 4
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772508>, while Ayyad al-Hreimi
and Malik al-Qadi are also on hunger strike in protest of being held
without charge or trial.
Israel’s policy of administrative detention, almost exclusively used
against Palestinians, has been widely criticized by rights group which
have accused Israel of using the policy to erode Palestinian political
and social life by detaining scores of Palestinians without proof of
Walid Masalmeh is also on hunger strike in protest of being held in
The large-scale solidarity movement among prisoners has resulted in an
equally massive crackdown on mostly PFLP prisoners by the IPS, which has
conducted multiple raids
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772399>, cell block closures,
confiscations of personal property, and transfers of detainees in
attempts to quell the strikes.
Israeli authorities have also blocked hunger-striking prisoners from
visiting their lawyers <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772615>,
claiming their health conditions could not permit the visitations.
While IPS in Israel’s Mehgiddo prison banend 15 hunger-striking
prisoners from receiving visits from their lawyers, IPS also reportedly
banned 35 other hunger-striking prisoners from receiving lawyer visits
at Israel’s Gilboa prison for the same reasons, while an order was also
issued to ban lawyers from visiting hunger-striking Palestinian
prisoners at Israel's Jalbou prison.
Meanwhile, Israeli authorities have recently banned at least 54
Palestinians <http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772642> from
family visitations. IPS has repeatedly denied family visitation for
scores of Palestinian prisoners held in in prisons across the state of
Israel, and some families have reported being held at Israeli
checkpoints and forced to return to their homes in the occupied
territory, despite being granted visitation permits.
The incidents came amidwidespread protest
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772534>over the ICRC’s recent
cuts to family visitations, reducing arranged visits for male
Palestinian prisoners from two days a month to just one.
However, the Palestinian Authorityannounced its plans on Tuesday
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=772604> to cover the financial
expenses of the second family visit for Palestinian prisoners, while
ICRC would still be responsible for arranging the visits with Israeli
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