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Hunger striker Bilal Kayed likely to be transferred Again
Kayed to be Transferred Again as Condition Weakens
July 11, 2016 7:37 PM IMEMC News & Agencies Human rights, International,
Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report, Palestine, Prisoners 0
via the Alternative Information Center, Beit Sahour.
Lawyers for Palestinian political prisoner Bilal Kayed expect Israeli
authorities to transfer him from Ashkelon prison to Barzilai Hospital at any
time, due to his deteriorating health.
Bilal has been on hunger strike for 27 days. He is only consuming water and
has lost 25 kilos.
In Ashkelon prison, Israeli authorities are holding Bilal in a 1.5 by 2
meter solitary confinement cell, in which there is no window or fan to
account for the sweltering summer heat.
Despite such torturous conditions, last week Bilal doubled down on his
commitment to the hunger strike until securing his freedom. Bilal rejected
an offer, from Israeli authorities, to release him and deport him to Jordan
for four years, were he to cease “all political involvement.”
Hundreds of other Palestinian political prisoners have organized and
continue to plan solidarity hunger strikes for Bilal’s freedom.
Administrative detention is an archaic policy, dating back to British
Mandate Palestine, in which the detainee is taken into custody without
charge or trial, for periods of up to six months which can be renewed
Kayed began hunger striking on June 14th, after Israeli authorities
sentenced him to six months of administrative detention upon the expiration
of his 14.5-year sentence in Israeli prisons.
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