After spending nearly 14 and a half years in an Israeli prison for his affiliation with the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Bilal Kayed was due to be released on 13 June – but he wasn’t.
Instead, on that day, Bilal was told that he would be held in administrative detention, which amounts to imprisonment without charge or trial.
Kayed’s detention was to last six months, with the possibility of renewal for an indefinite period of time.
Two days later, on 15 June, he began a hunger strike in protest of his continued imprisonment.
The military court ruled that, based on secret evidence gathered about his activities before his initial arrest and his intentions upon release he continued to pose a threat to Israel’s security.