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
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)