Middle East

Seeking freedom, Palestinian in 3rd month of hunger strike

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo, Palestinian woman walks in front of a tent set up in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, 34, in front of his family home in the village of Assira al-Shamaliya near the West Bank city of Nablus. Kayed, 34, started a hunger strike on June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following his completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term for shooting at Israeli troops. Poster on the left reads: "We will be the spearhead in the confrontation." Poster on the right says: "Your steadfastness will defeat the wardens. Freedom is our destiny." (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo, Palestinian woman walks in front of a tent set up in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, 34, in front of his family home in the village of Assira al-Shamaliya near the West Bank city of Nablus. Kayed, 34, started a hunger strike on June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following his completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term for shooting at Israeli troops. Poster on the left reads: "We will be the spearhead in the confrontation." Poster on the right says: "Your steadfastness will defeat the wardens. Freedom is our destiny." (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo, Palestinians stand by a tent set up in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, 34, in front of his family home in the village of Assira al-Shamaliya near the West Bank city of Nablus. Kayed, 34, started a hunger strike on June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following his completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term for shooting at Israeli troops. Poster reads: "The homeland takes on the color of its people. You are lone in the cell and your dreams are full of light. All the happiness is in your eyes." Poster on the right reads: "Your steadfastness defeats the wardens. Freedom is our destiny." (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    In this Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 photo, Palestinians stand by a tent set up in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, 34, in front of his family home in the village of Assira al-Shamaliya near the West Bank city of Nablus. Kayed, 34, started a hunger strike on June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following his completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term for shooting at Israeli troops. Poster reads: "The homeland takes on the color of its people. You are lone in the cell and your dreams are full of light. All the happiness is in your eyes." Poster on the right reads: "Your steadfastness defeats the wardens. Freedom is our destiny." (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Advocacy groups say a Palestinian detainee who has been on a hunger strike for two months to press for his release is determined to continue despite deteriorating health.

Bilal Kayed, 34, began the fast June 14, after Israel ordered him held for six months without charges, immediately following his completion of a 14-and-a-half-year prison term for shooting at Israeli troops. Qadoura Fares of the Palestinian Prisoners' Club group said Sunday that he is concerned adding so-called administrative detention on to prison terms could signal a new policy. Israel's Prison Service had no immediate comment.

The advocacy group Addameer said after visiting Kayed last week that he is shackled to an Israeli hospital bed and suffers from severe pain, blurred vision, numbness, hair loss and yellowness and peeling of the skin.