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McCann and Gavan in Palestine to support hunger striker

15 August, 2016 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Fein representatives Fra McCann MLA and Senator Paul Gavan flew into Palestine last night and immediately met with the lawyers of Palestinian Hunger Striker Bilal Kayed.

Mr McCann and Mr Gavan received a full briefing concerning Kayed who is now entering his 62nd day of hunger strike while being held under "administrative detention" by Israeli Authorities.

Mr McCann said:

"Bilal's health is a cause of major concern at this point.

"He is currently shackled by hand and foot to a hospital bed in what is an appalling assault to human dignity.The Israeli authorities must take immediate steps to release Bilal from what is effectively internment without trial.”

Senator Gavan explained:

"This isn't just about Bilal Kayed - there are currently 750 Palestinian prisoners including eight children being held under so called "administrative detention" which is completely contrary to the principles of natural justice."

The Sinn Fein representatives plan to meet with the family of Bilal Kayed today, along with representatives of Palestinian Prisoner Support Groups. They are also hoping to visit Bilal Kayed before they return to Ireland on Wednesday.

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