[Pnews] Eleven more Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike for Bilal Kayed’s freedom on 35th day of hunger strike

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  Eleven more Palestinian prisoners join hunger strike for Bilal Kayed’s
  freedom on 35th day of hunger strike

July 19, 2016

Palestinian prisoners are escalating their steps of protest today, 19 
July, demanding freedom for hunger-striker Bilal Kayed 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/07/bilal-kayed-shackled-to-hospital-bed-on-34th-day-of-hunger-strike-as-increasing-number-of-prisoners-join-protest/>, 
on his 35th day of hunger strike against his administrative detention 
without charge or trial. Kayed, 35, was ordered to six months in 
administrative detention on 13 June, upon the completion of his 14.5 
year sentence in Israeli prisons; he began his hunger strike on 15 June 
in the case that has drawn wide support from fellow Palestinian 
prisoners 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/07/palestinian-prisoners-movement-statement-all-palestinian-prisoners-are-part-of-bilal-kayeds-battle-for-freedom/>, 
who view it as a dangerous precedent.

Eleven Palestinian prisoners, comrades of Kayed’s in the Popular Front 
for the Liberation of Palestine, held in the Negev desert prison, have 
announced that they will join 45 fellow prisoners in Ramon, Ofer, Eshel 
and Gilboa prisons on open-ended hunger strike to demand Kayed’s freedom.

The eleven names 
<http://pflp.ps/ar/post/13650/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A3%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B0%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%B6%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%A5%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D9%85%D9%81%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AD-%D8%B9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%BA%D8%AF%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AB%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D8%AC%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%86%D9%82%D8%A8> 
– and areas in Palestine – of the hunger strikers are:
1. Bilal Odeh – Jerusalem
2. Hisham al-Titi – Arroub
3. Mohammed Dar Taha – Ramallah
4. Suleiman Khader – Nablus
5. Said Dar Daoud – Ramallah
6. Musa Darwish – Jerusalem
7. Shadi Musleh Ma’ali – Bethlehem
8. Adam Abu Awad – Ramallah
9. Montasser Eid – Nablus
10. Abed al-Rimawi – Ramallah
11. Osama Saleh – Salfit

Kayed is currently being held in Barzilai hospital 
<http://www.addameer.org/news/bilal-kayed%E2%80%99s-hands-and-feet-are-chained-his-hospital-bed-he-placed-under-severe-around-clock>, 
shackled hand and foot to his hospital bed and subject to intense 
surveillance, cameras, alarms, and numerous guards preventing access to 
him, including four prison guards in his room at all times. He is 
consuming only water and refuses salt supplements, vitamins, or medical 
examinations. He was transferred to the hospital with severe 
deterioration of his health condition, including a large loss of body 
weight, dizziness, inability to walk or sleep, and intense joint pain.

Shadi Ma’ali 
<https://web.facebook.com/SamidounPrisonerSolidarity/posts/1194765003890317?_rdr>, 
a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh camp and one of the prisoners who is 
beginning his strike today, is one of the participants in the 2015 
40-day hunger strike against administrative detention. Despite the 
conclusion of the strike with an agreement for a terminal order of 
detention against him, his detention has been extended multiple times by 
order of the Israeli occupation.

Prisoners from all factions in Nafha prison 
<http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=857533> will also refuse meals 
today, 19 July, and close all of their sections from the early morning, 
refusing to participate in roll call, to demand freedom for Bilal Kayed 
and support fellow hunger strikers against administrative detention.

Last night, former hunger strikers Khader Adnan 
<http://samidoun.net/2015/07/khader-adnan-qa-it-is-possible-to-break-the-israeli-occupation/> 
and Mohammed al-Qeeq 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/05/mohammed-al-qeeq-former-hunger-striker-and-palestinian-journalist-released-from-israeli-prison/> – 
as well as Fayha Shalash 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/05/al-qeeq-joins-protest-for-release-of-palestinian-journalist-in-pa-prison/>, 
al-Qeeq’s wife and a Palestinian journalist –  joined Kayed’s family and 
a large number of people in Asira al-Shamaliya village to demand freedom 
for Kayed and the release of the bodies of Palestinians killed by 
Israeli forces, held “prisoner” and denied burial by occupation forces.

Another large rally in Dheisheh refugee camp for Kayed’s freedom was 
followed hours later by the invasion of the camp and the arrest of 
former hunger striker Ghassan Zawahreh 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/07/former-hunger-striker-ghassan-zawahreh-brother-of-slain-activist-among-18-palestinians-arrested-by-occupation-forces/>, 
whose brother Moataz was slain by occupation forces in October 2015.

Similar actions are planned to take place in escalating protest 
throughout Israeli prisons. Over 150 Palestinian and international 
organizations have joined the call for freedom for Bilal Kayed 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/06/91-palestinian-and-international-organizations-joint-call-to-action-24-25-june-days-of-action-to-free-bilal-kayed-and-end-administrative-detention/>, 
with events and protests demanding Kayed’s freedom taking place in 
cities throughout Palestine and around the world. Protests for the 
freedom of Bilal Kayed are scheduled to take place today in Ramallah, 
Bethlehem and Gaza. Other demonstrations will take place on Wednesday in 
Nazareth and Umm al-Fahm, with further events in New York City and 
Brussels on 21 and 22 July. 20-30 July will be ten days of international 
action 
<http://samidoun.net/2016/07/urgent-action-20-30-july-solidarity-with-bilal-kayed-and-palestinian-hunger-strikers/> 
for Kayed’s release and in support of the growing collective hunger 
strike and prisoners’ movement protest.

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