[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 
deteriorated.

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 
<http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771568>.

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 
wrongdoing

Walid Masalmeh is also on hunger strike in protest of being held in 
solitary confinement.

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 
authorities.

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