[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
July 5, 2016
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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