Randomly-chosen quotation:
"I want to keep Israel a Jewish state, and if that contradicts democracy, then democracy comes second, period."
(David Rotem, 14 October 2010)
Bilal Kayed Bilal Kayed languished in jail for 14½ years and was due for release on 13 June 2016, but Israeli military authorities reneged on his release, and continue to arbitrarily imprison him. Bilal was 19 years old when Israeli soldiers stormed his family’s house in Asira Al-Shamaliya, a village near Nablus, on 14 December 2001 and arrested him. Three years later Israeli courts sentenced him to 14½ years in prison. Initially, his family was prohibited from visiting him. He was imprisoned and constantly moved from one prison to the other, and spent considerable amount of time under solitary confinement (a six-month stretch beginning September 2015).

On 15 June 2016, following the Israeli continuation of his arbitrary imprisonment, and while kept under solitary confinement, Bilal initiated a hunger strike to protest the injustice perpetrated against him.

The arbitrary extension of prison terms is a means to "induce desperation" in victims; a form of psychological torture. Yet another demonstration of Israeli mean-spiritedness.

Number of days imprisoned:

Percentage of Bilal’s life in prison: 43.6%

Number of days on hunger strike: 71 (ended)

 
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Recent events
28 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military menace fishing boats with gunfire; bomb border area. WB: Israeli military invade villages, storm houses; invade school; provoke confrontations; order demolition of houses/building; kidnap at least 31 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.
27 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military menace farmers and kidnap two fishermen. WB: Israeli military invade villages, storm dozens of houses; harass family of political prisoner; kidnap at least 3 Palestinians
26 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military menace fishing boats with gunfire; suppress demonstration, 3 seriously injured. WB: Israeli military suppress demonstrations; invade towns; storm dozens of houses; murder young man; injure 10, kidnap 9 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort vandalize houses, menace village residents
25 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military shot and injured border area resident; menace fishing boats with gunfire, kidnap fisherman. WB: Israeli military invade and block off towns, storm dozens of houses; steal machinery; kidnap 19 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.
24 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military menace fishing boats with gunfire; raze border area. WB: Israeli military invade towns, storm hundreds of houses; order demolition of housing structures; murder young man, injure 4, kidnap 15 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage action at Al Aqsa mosque; brutalize young man.
23 Aug 2016
Palestinian Authority goons murder resistance leader in Nablus
General chronic harassment WB: Israeli military invade and block off villages/towns, storm dozens of houses; storm workshops and steal equipment; seriously injure 6, kidnap at least 12 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque; storm area near Nablus.
22 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Israeli military block off villages, storm dozens of houses; order demolition of houses of political prisoner and martyr; close down the Atara checkpoint; kidnap at least 13 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage provocative hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.
21 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment: Gaza: Israeli airstrikes in northern Gaza; so-called "deterrent response"; 5 seriously injured. Warships menace fishing boats, kidnap 2 fishermen
General chronic harassment: West Bank: Israeli military conduct several harassment incursions, storm dozens of houses; block off villages; order demolition of house of political prisoner; seriously injure 1, kidnap at least 22 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.
20 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli warships menace fishing boats with gunfire. WB: Israeli military invade and block off towns; storm houses; take over house and transform it into a military base; brutalize 2 children and steal their bicycles; fire teargas into houses; kidnap at least 10 Palestinians.
19 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military suppressed demonstrations with gunfire, 5 seriously injured. WB: Israeli military invaded/blocked off towns, stormed houses, suppressed demonstrations; seriously injure 4, kidnap at least 12 Palestinians. Settlers invade mosque and ancient site, menace residents.
18 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military menace farmers and fishing boats with gunfire; raze large tract of land. WB: Israeli military conduct several large scale operations in villages, continue harassing Fawar refugee camp; storm dozens of houses; kidnap 5 Palestinians. Settlers stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.
17 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli soldiers menace farmers with gunfire; raze land. WB: Israeli military invade several towns; raid and ransack houses; demolish farm infrastructure; destroy hundreds of olive trees; kill teenager, injure 2, kidnap 20 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort engage in hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.
16 Aug 2016
General chronic harassment Gaza: Israeli military menace farmers and fishing boats, 5 kidnaped. WB: Israeli military conduct major invasion (hundreds of soldiers) of Fawar refugee camp; ransack many houses; raze land; destroy houses; injure 36, kidnap 8 Palestinians. Settlers with military escort stage hateful action at Al Aqsa mosque.