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Palestinian/ Israeli update 6/16/2016..Israel to build underground wall beneath Gaza border

Thursday, June 16, 2016 19:39
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…..Bilal Kayed has paid a heavy price for his activism behind bars.

This is the second time in the past year that he has been placed in solitary confinement in Ashkelon prison. “He spent almost nine months in solitary confinement during which he was denied family visits and was subjected to very harsh conditions,” Naseer Kayed, Bilal’s cousin, told The Electronic Intifada. It could well be that he has now been placed under administrative detention because Israel wished to punish him for his activism. But neither his family nor his lawyers know the reason why he is being kept in detention because the evidence being used against him — if any — has not been divulged.

Administrative detention was introduced to Palestine when Britain ruled the country under a League of Nations mandate between the 1920s and the 1940s. Britain’s “emergency laws” were retained by Israel following that state’s establishment.

There is no guarantee that Bilal will be released once the six-month period of his administrative detention has elapsed. Orders for administrative detention are often renewed.

Bilal Kayed is one of 715 Palestinians currently held under administrative detention by military court order. Despite condemnations by local and international human rights organizations, Israel has increased the use of this policy since an uprising against the occupation began in October last year.

His sister Suha said that her family and neighbors remain determined to secure Bilal’s freedom.

“Bilal is not just my brother,” she said. “He is loved by everyone in the village and, just as they would have celebrated with us if he’d been released, they are standing with us during these rough times.”

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