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We must condemn Israel’s use of Administrative Detention – Gavan

30 June, 2016 - by Paul Gavan

Speaking in the Seanad this morning, Senator Paul Gavan called on the government to condemn Israel’s use of Administrative Detention.

Senator Gavan said:

“Today, we are calling on the government to demand the release of Bilal Kayed, a 34 year old Palestinian Activist, who is imprisoned by Israel’s military occupation authorises.

“Bilal was imprisoned for being a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; an organisation banned by Israel and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

“Earlier this month on June 13th, he was set for release; however, the Israeli military occupation authorities have now extended his sentence by a further six months using the Administrative Detention policy.

“In protest, Bilal has entered a hunger strike, and over 65 fellow Palestinian prisoners have followed him and declared an open-ended hunger strike in solidarity.

“Right now, over 715 Palestinians are imprisoned under what the Israeli authorities call Administrative detention.

“This corrupt policy used by the Israeli authorities to charge and detain Palestinians without trial is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and International laws that guarantee fair trial standards.

“Israel’s overarching policy in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is to crush and fragment the Palestinian society and drive Palestinians out of their homeland.

“The Israeli authorises are engaging in mass detentions, violating the human rights of Palestinian citizens and constructing new settlements.

“We want the Irish government and the International community to stand up and publicly condemn Israel’s use of the Administrative Detention, to demand that the Israeli authorities apply International laws on human rights, and to respect the fundamental rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.” 

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