[Pnews] 22nd day of hunger strike - Palestinian Bilal Kayed encourages solidarity efforts, expresses determination to continue

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Thu Jul 7 09:56:16 EDT 2016


  22nd day of hunger strike: Bilal Kayed encourages solidarity efforts,
  expresses determination to continue despite health challenges

July 7, 2016

Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed 
is continuing his open hunger strike on the 22nd day as of 7 July; 
Addameer lawyer Mona Nadaf visited him in isolation 
in Ashkelon prison, where he remains in a very small cell without 
ventilation. Nadaf reported that he is continuing to refuse any kind of 
vitamin or salt supplements and medical examinations, and only consumes 

She also reported that he is in very high spirits with unshaken 
determination to proceed with the strike until its conclusion. Kayed’s 
cell is very small; inside his cell he has only underwear and the Quran. 
He has been denied access to additional clothing or any other books or 
written materials, and the Israeli prison administration continues to 
refuse to provide a fan despite the high summer temperatures. In 
addition, the prison administration refuses to provide mineral water and 
he can only drink lukewarm water from the tap in the cell’s broken sink.

Kayed has lost a significant amount of weight and suffers from fatigue 
and dizziness; he is only able to sleep one hour a night 

Kayed sent his thanks and greetings to all of the people standing in 
solidarity with him, confirming that his struggle will continue until 
the end, with high morale and solid will.

Bilal Kayed has been on hunger strike since 15 June in protest of his 
administrative detention without charge or trial. He was ordered to 
administrative detention on 13 June after the completion of his 14.5 
year sentence in Israeli jails, where he has been imprisoned since 
December 2001. His administrative detention was confirmed by the Ofer 
military court 
on 5 July after a hearing which he refused to attend, noting the 
illegitimacy of administrative detention and the military court system. 
He rejected a proposal to deport him to Jordan for four years and give 
up political activity in exchange for his freedom.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have engaged in solidarity hunger 
and protests in support of his demand for freedom. His case represents a 
threat of indefinite imprisonment without charge or trial for all 
Palestinian prisoners completing lengthy sentences.

Kayed’s comrades in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine 
are planning to escalate their protests inside the prisons, up to a 
collective hunger strike, beginning on Friday, 8 July; prisoners from 
all Palestinian factions will also engage in protest actions for Kayed’s 

As the protests inside the prison are scheduled to ramp up, imprisoned 
PFLP leader Ahed Abu Ghoulmeh 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=855929> was transferred on 
Wednesday, 6 July from Hadarim prison to Ramon prison, days after fellow 
PFLP leader Wael Jaghoub 
was transferred from Ramon to Hadarim prison. These events were cited by 
their imprisoned comrades as an attempt to undermine and prevent the 
escalation of the struggle to free Kayed.

Protests and marches have taken place across Palestine (photo above from 
Eid rally in his hometown, Asira al-Shamaliya) for Kayed’s freedom, as 
well as in cities around the world 
Over 150 international and Palestinian organizations 
have signed on to the call for action to free Kayed, and further 
mobilizations are planned for the Week of Action to Free Bilal Kayed 
between 8-15 July 
Protests and events will take place in New York 
Arklow, Ireland 
London <https://www.facebook.com/events/153780971703865/>; Beirut 
and Milan 
with more cities to be announced shortly.

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