[Pnews] Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement statement: All Palestinian prisoners are part of Bilal Kayed’s battle for freedom

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Tue Jul 12 10:18:07 EDT 2016


  Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement statement: All Palestinian prisoners
  are part of Bilal Kayed’s battle for freedom

July 12, 2016

The Palestinian prisoners’ movement – comprising all the major 
Palestinian political parties and factions whose members are imprisoned 
in Israeli jails – issued a statement on Tuesday, 12 July, pledging full 
support to imprisoned Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayed 
as he enters his 28th day of hunger strike. The statement is signed by 
the National and Islamic Forces in Israeli prisons – Fateh, Hamas, 
Islamic Jihad, the PFLP and the DFLP.

Kayed, who has been slated for transfer for hospital, had a legal visit 
with Farah Bayadsi of Addameer 
11 July, as he is held in isolation in Ashkelon prison; his health 
continues to be precarious, he has lost large amounts of weight, and he 
suffers from dizziness, fatigue and insomnia. A hearing on the appeal of 
his administrative detention is scheduled for Thursday, 14 July.

The statement comes as repressive forces stormed sections of prisoners 
belonging to the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, 
Kayed’s party, in Ramon prison on Tuesday, 12 June and began moving PFLP 
prisoners to unknown locations, as well as the imposition of sanctions 
on PFLP prisoners in all prisons.

Kayed has been on hunger strike since 15 June, demanding freedom from 
administrative detention without charge or trial. He completed a 
14.5-year sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – yet instead of being 
released, Kayed was instead ordered to six months administrative 
detention. Administrative detention orders are indefinitely renewable, 
issued on the basis of secret evidence. Kayed is among 750 Palestinians 
held without charge or trial, and 7000 total Palestinian prisoners in 
Israeli jails. International protests are taking plac 
around the world this week demanding Kayed’s freedom 
and supporting his strike.

/*The full statement from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement follows 

In the name of God, the most merciful

A statement issued by the prisoners in Israeli jails

Bilal Kayed and his comrades’ struggle – The prisoners’ movement will 
not stand by silently

To the valiant masses of the Palestinian people –

At this time when the battle of the captured struggler Bilal Kayed, on 
open-ended hunger strike, continues in order to obtain his freedom; amid 
pressure and abuse against the comrades in the Popular Front for the 
Liberation of Palestine for their support for their comrade Bilal Kayed 
and actions of solidarity; as statements escalate by some Zionist 
leaders with incitement against the prisoners, calling for the stripping 
of their rights and achievements in order to appease the families of 
captured soldiers in the Gaza Strip and to advance the internal 
political calculations of Zionist leaders and outflank each other by 
pressing on what they believe to be the weakest link, the prisoners….

In this context, we as the national and Islamic factions in the arena of 
imprisonment, emphasize the following:

First, the Israeli Prison Service’s belief, alongside that of the 
security and political establishment of Zionism, that the prisoners’ 
movement is the weakest link in the equation of the conflict, is a 
complete misconception. They must review their accounts, as they are 
well aware that the history of the prisoners’ movement is full of 
accomplishments and sacrifices. All of our rights and achievements in 
the prisons did not come by the generosity of the enemy, but was 
extracted as a result of enormous sacrifices by the prisoners’ movement 
throughout its long history in defense of their rights, dignity and 

Second, we salute the captive hero Bilal Kayed, the son of the 
prisoners’ movement and one of its leaders, who is engaged in the battle 
of an open-ended hunger strike for nearly one month. We express our full 
solidarity with him, and we stand by his side in his legitimate right to 
immediate freedom. We stand alongside our comrades and our brothers in 
the PFLP who are engaged in steps of solidarity with the struggling 
Bilal Kayed. We warn the Prison Service that this battle is the battle 
of the prisoners’ movement as a whole. We will not abandon Bilal and his 
comrades, and we will not accept the continuing pressure on him and his 
comrades, and will not stand idly by.

Third, we call on the masses of our people in struggle and prominent 
figures to continue in public events and media support for the prisoners 
and their rights in general, and in support of the battle of the 
prisoner Bilal Kayed in particular. This is a national issue and an 
exceptional issue, and we must all stop the schemes aimed at revenge 
against the prisoners, especially the leaders and their families through 
the renewal of their detention under security pretexts. There is a 
serious threat that this will become the rule and the policy practiced 
by the enemy against all the prisoners, which would be damaging to our 
rights to freedom and dignity.

Fourth, we call upon the Palestinian Authority and the Prisoners’ 
Affairs Commission, and all national, legal and human rights 
organizations to raise the issue of the Palestinian prisoners at the 
International Criminal Court, the UN Human Rights Council, and the 
United Nations, in order to prosecute the occupation, and to expose its 
practices and daily violations of the rights of prisoners in Israeli jails.

To the valiant masses of the Palestinian people –

 From the heart of our suffering, from the squares and homes of our 
families, we send our greetings to you, we squeeze your hands and 
applaud your efforts and struggles and sacrifices. We join our voices 
and call for an end to division and the restoration of national unity as 
a necessary condition for defeating the occupation on our land and 
achieving our national goals.

Glory and eternity to the martyrs and freedom for our resisting people. 
Shame and defeat to occupation.

The brothers, comrades, and strugglers
Palestinian prisoners’ movement in Israeli jails
12 July 2016

Palestinian National Liberation Movement “Fateh”
Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”
Islamic Jihad
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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