[Pnews] Palestinian Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike - increasing number of prisoners join protest
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Mon Jul 18 10:38:39 EDT 2016
Bilal Kayed shackled to hospital bed on 34th day of hunger strike as
increasing number of prisoners join protest
July 18, 2016
Over 45 Palestinian prisoners are now on an open hunger strike against
administrative detention and in solidarity with imprisoned hunger
striker Bilal Kayed
35, on his 34th day of hunger strike against administrative detention.
Kayed was scheduled for release after the completion of his 14.5 year
sentence in Israeli prison on 13 June – instead, however, he was ordered
to six months’ administrative detention without charge or trial.
Held in solitary confinement, he launched a hunger strike on 15 June.
Hundreds of prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine, Kayed’s leftist party, have been engaged in a series of
hunger strikes and protest actions in support of his demand for freedom.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Movement, comprising all major Palestinian
political parties in Israeli jails, has also pledged full support and
involvement in protest actions to demand Kayed’s freedom. His case is
seen as threatening a dangerous precedent of indefinite imprisonment of
Palestinian prisoners upon the expiration of lengthy sentences.
After a sharp deterioration in his health, he was transferred from
in Ashkelon prison to Barzilai Hospital as dozens of Palestinian
prisoners launched an open collective hunger strike – scheduled to grow
on an ongoing basis – demanding Kayed’s freedom. Kayed’s lawyer, Farah
Bayadsi of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
<http://addameer.org>, reported that Kayed is under intense security at
the hospital, shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed, and being
subjected to ongoing and repeated pressure to end his strike. Kayed is
continuing his strike, consuming only water and rejecting all
supplements and refusing medical examinations. He has declared that he
will continue his strike “until the end.”
In addition to the 37 PFLP prisoners who announced their participation
in the open hunger strike beginning on Sunday, 17 July, Asra Voice noted
that five prisoners affiliated with Fateh and three with Islamic Jihad
had joined the open hunger strike, as has Bassam Kandakji
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=857362> of the Palestinian
Israeli repression has escalated in order to quash the growing hunger
strike: PFLP leaders, including Nidal Daghlas and Kamil Abu Hanish
have been isolated, with Abu Hanish transferred from Ramon to Gilboa
prison. Prominent Palestinian national leader Marwan Barghouthi
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=857305> was transferred from
Gilboa prison to collective isolation in Hadarim prison also on 17 July,
prevented from communicating with prisoners outside the isolation
wing. The imprisoned brothers, Mohammed and Mahmoud Al-Balboul
are on their 14th day of hunger strike; both are held under
administrative detention without charge or trial and are demanding their
release. Their imprisoned 15-year-old sister Nuran
was freed earlier this week after three months of imprisonment.
Three more Palestinian prisoners
under administrative detention in Ofer prison without charge or trial
announced an open hunger strike against their detention on Sunday, 17
July. The three: Ayad Herama, detained since December 2013; Muhannad
Mutahna, detained since December 2013; and Malek al-Kadhi, detained
since May 2016 – are demanding their freedom. They, the Balboul brothers
and Kayed are among nearly 750 Palestinians held without charge or trial
under indefinitely-renewable administrative detention orders, issued on
the basis of secret evidence.
National and Islamic Forces in Gaza said on 18 July that the prisoners’
protest for freedom for Kayed will grow on Tuesday, as sections will
close and prisoners will refuse to participate in roll Prisoners across
political lines will return their meals and demand freedom for Kayed and
an end to the policy of administrative detention.
Protests are taking place throughout Palestine and internationally to
including planned demonstrations in Ramallah and Jerusalem on Tuesday,
19 July. Over 150 international and Palestinian organizations
have joined the call for Kayed’s freedom. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner
Solidarity Network is calling for urgent actions between 20 and 30 July
internationally to free Kayed, including participation in the World
Student Day of Action for Kayed
called by the Progressive Student Labor Front in Palestine.
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