Tens protest in support of Palestinian hunger striker Bilal Kayyid

By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
August 9, 2016 20:30

Tens of people protested in front of the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon Tuesday evening in an act of solidarity with Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayyid, who has been on a hunger strike since June 13 - a day that should have marked his release from prison following 15 years behind bars, yet instead, marked the extension of his sentence.

Protestors included Joint List MKs Ahmad Tibi, Haneen Zoabi, Taleb Abu Arar, Saadia Osama, and the Head of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, Mohammad Barakeh.

Police forces on site to broke up disputes between Jewish and Arab protestors.

Abu Arar's assistant claimed that one of the Jewish protestors kicked and cursed at him, and attempted to hurt the MK.

A spokesperson for the Joint List said in a statement that three Arab protestors were detained despite that fact that Jewish protestors threw rocks at them.

Kayyid was arrested in 2002 during the Second Intifada.


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