[Pnews] Palestinian Political Prisoner Bilal Kayed’s administrative detention order confirmed by Israeli military court

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Tue Jul 5 13:11:50 EDT 2016


  Bilal Kayed’s administrative detention order confirmed by Israeli
  military court

July 5, 2016

Bilal Kayed 
administrative detention – imprisonment without charge or trial – was 
confirmed by the Israeli Ofer military court 
on 5 July. The hearing took place in his absence, as he refused to 
attend the military court hearing or recognize the legitimacy of the 
administrative detention process. On hunger strike since 15 June and 
imprisoned in Ashkelon prison in solitary confinement, Kayed refused to 
attend the previous hearing 
as well, affirming the illegitimacy of the military courts and the 
policy of administrative detention.

“The military prosecution claimed that Mr. Kayed’s administrative 
detention is based on secret information related to his activities 
inside the prison. The source of this secret information is an 
intelligence officer, who has personal issues with Mr. Kayed and who 
claimed that his release would pose a viable security risk,” said 
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association 
Kayed’s lawyers, who will be appealing the confirmation order.

Kayed, 35, launched his hunger strike on 15 June after he was ordered to 
six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial instead of 
being released as scheduled on 13 July after 14.5 years in Israeli 
prison. He has been held in solitary confinement since first ordered to 
administrative detention, and has been transferred twice, from Ramon 
prison to Ahli Kedar, and again from Ahli Kedar to Ashkelon prison. In 
Ashkelon, he is in a small 1.5 x 2 meter cell, with a broken sink and no 
window or other ventilation. He is consuming only water and rejecting 
any form of food, vitamins, salt supplements, or other nutrients.

Israeli intelligence officials offered to release him 
if he would accept deportation to Jordan for 4 years and conditions of 
no engagement with political activity, threatening to hold him in 
administrative detention for 4 years if he refused. Kayed immediately 
rejected the “offer,” declaring that “If you will not allow me to live 
in dignity, then I will choose to die with dignity,” and stating to his 
lawyer, Farah Bayadsi, that “I did not go on hunger strike to negotiate. 
I went on hunger strike for freedom.”

Former hunger strikers who won their freedom through hunger strikes, 
Muhammad Allan and Mohammed al-Qeeq, visited Kayed’s mother and family 
in their hometown of Asira al-Shamaliya to express support for Kayed’s 
strike. Fellow former hunger striker Khader Adnan has also participated 
in multiple protests and actions urging Kayed’s release.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are engaged in hunger strikes 
and other protests calling for Kayed’s freedom.  His comrades in the 
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have vowed to launch a 
collective open hunger strike in early July if Kayed is not released. 
His case is widely seen as threatening a dangerous precedent of 
indefinite imprisonment of Palestinians following the completion of 
their sentences in Israeli prisons.

He is one of nearly 750 Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial 
under administrative detention on the basis of secret evidence. 
Administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable.

Protests for Kayed’s freedom 
have taken place throughout Palestine and in cities around the world, 
including in Berlin, Brussels, New York, Dublin, Belfast, London, 
Vancouver, Torino, Milan, Amsterdam, The Hague, Athens and elsewhere. 
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and other organizations 
are calling for a week of action for Kayed’s release 
from 8-15 July. Over 150 Palestinian and international organizations 
have signed on to a call to action for Kayed’s freedom.  Protests are 
planned on 8 July in New York 
and in Arklow, Ireland 
with more events to be announced soon.


*With the official announcement of confirmation of Bilal Kayed’s 
administrative detention, Samidoun reiterates the critical importance of 
the call for solidarity actions and protests around the world 
**We urge all organizations, individuals and movements for justice in 
the world to take action on 8-15 July 2016 to commemorate Ghassan 
Kanafani and his revolutionary legacy and demand freedom and victory for 
Bilal Kayed and his comrades. *

*On 8-15 July, commemorate Ghassan Kanafani and demand the freedom of 
Bilal Kayed <http://goo.gl/forms/9fD7n9pScNW0X96V2> and his fellow 
prisoners – and the freedom of Palestine and its people.  We must raise 
our voices around the world, in solidarity movements and in Palestinian 
communities in exile and diaspora to commemorate the revolutionary 
legacies of Palestinian history and to struggle for the freedom of 
today’s leaders – like Bilal Kayed – behind bars.*

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