[Palestinian detainee]Â Bilal Kayed has now been on [hunger strike] for 50 days.
In mid-June, he was supposed to return to his home in the West Bank village of Asira al-Shamaliya after serving nearly 15 years in an Israeli prison.
His protest has drawn strong support: around 100 Palestinian prisoners have joined a hunger strike, in solidarityÂ with him.
Editor’s note: Administrative detention is an archaic method of punishment, enforced by Israeli authorities and dating back to the days of British Mandate, in which the detainee is subjected to imprisonment, without charge or trial, for renewable periods of up to six months. The order can be renewed indefinitely.
This week, Kayed issued a letter from his hospital bed addressed to the Palestinian people.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.