Brady calls for immediate release of Palestinian hunger striker

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Friday, August 12th, 2016
Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has called for the immediate release of Palestinian prisoner Belal Kayed, currently being held on Administrative Detention. brady1Mr Kayed is engaged in a prolonged Hunger Strike. Brady, who has visited the Middle East on a number of occasions on what he described as “fact finding missions and to express solidarity with the Palestinian people”, said Mr Kayed’s detention amounted to internment. “Belal Kayed began his hunger strike on the 15th June in protest against being held without trial or charges under what the Israeli authorities term ‘Administrative Detention’. “This in essence is internment without trial, a policy which many republican prisoners were subjected to during the conflict in the north. “There are serious human rights concerns surrounding the treatment of Belal Kayed. He should have been released after the completion of his 14-year sentence. However the Israeli authorities are continuing to hold him despite a continued deterioration in his health and he is being tied to a hospital bed by his hands and legs.
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Annie newry times box adBrady added, “This is entirely unacceptable. The international community must intervene immediately and call on the Israeli government to end the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoners.”
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