[Pnews] Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayed health deteriorates on 41st day of strike - 65 Palestinian prisoners in an open hunger strike demanding his freedom

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Mon Jul 25 12:24:33 EDT 2016


  Students stand in solidarity with Bilal Kayed as hunger striker
  suffers health deterioration on 41st day of strike

July 25, 2016

Palestinian prisonerBilal Kayed 
is now on his 41st day of hunger strike against his administrative 
detention without charge or trial. Approximately 65 Palestinian 
prisoners are now engaged in a collective open hunger strike demanding 
his freedom, after the entrance of a new group of strikers into the 
collective battle on Sunday, Kayed’s 40th day of hunger strike. Hundreds 
of prisoners, all of the members of the Popular Front for the Liberation 
of Palestine, Kayed’s leftist party, are engaged in a two-day strike 
today and tomorrow, demanding Kayed’s freedom.

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association 
<http://www.addameer.org/node/2403> lawyer Farah Bayadsi visited Kayed 
in Barzilai Hospital yesterday, where he is surrounded by three jailers. 
He continues to refuse any supplements or medical tests, and consume 
only water; his health condition is deteriorating. Despite his weakness, 
he is shackled by the right hand and left foot to his hospital bed on a 
constant basis. Kayed is suffering from severe throat, head, and eye 
pain, and experienced a two-hour period in which he could not see. He is 
extremely exhausted and feels aches throughout his body.

He has come under severe pressure to end his strike as well as to accept 
several medical tests, including on his brain and eyes. He has refused 
all such medical tests. The director of Ashkelon prison visited him and 
demanded he end his strike in order to “calm the situation” in the 
prisons; Kayed rejected this demand and announced that his strike will 
continue until he wins his freedom.

He received a visit from the representative of the International 
Committee of the Red Cross, but refused to allow the visit to take place 
while he was shackled. Following this, he was unshackled for the visit 
and then re-shackled immediately following the departure of the ICRC 

Kayed, 34, launched his hunger strike 
on 15 June after he was ordered to six months in administrative 
detention without charge or trial following the expiration of his 
14.5-year sentence in Israeli prisons. With the support of his comrades 
and the broad Palestinian prisoners’ movement, his strike is supported 
with dozens of fellow strikers, partial strikes by hundreds of 
prisoners, and other protests inside the prisons. His case is seen as 
threatening a dangerous precedent 
of indefinite imprisonment of Palestinian prisoners who complete their 
sentences. On the 40th day of his strike, protests continued for his 
release, including marches and sit-ins in Rafah, Nablus, Ramallah, and 
Ara village.

25 July also marks the World Student Day of Solidarity 
called by the Progressive Student Labor Front, as well as the ongoing 
global days of solidarity with Kayed from 20-30 July 
Protests for the Student Day of Solidarity will take place throughout 
Palestine, as well as in New York City, organized byNew York City 
Students for Justice in Palestine 
They will protest in front of the Israeli consulate to demand freedom; 
their protest is threatened with racist attacks by the extremist, 
so-called “Jewish Defense League.”

The General Union of Tunisian Students 
has urged wide participation in the day of action, and the Karama Party 
students in Egypt will hold an event in Cairo in support of Kayed’s 
strike. Events will also take place in Alexandria in support of Kayed. 
The Iraqi Communist Party – Left issued a statement in support of the 
prisoners and noted that their affiliated students would hold events in 
solidarity with Bilal Kayed. The youth and students of the Democratic 
Way in Morocco also announced that they will participate in the day of 
action. The Wihda Party Youth of Jordan announced that it will launch a 
schedule of events continuing their ongoing youth actions in support of 

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