Palestinian Detainee Reaches Deal With Israel, Ends 70-day Hunger Strike

Israel has promised not to extend Bilal Kayed's administrative detention beyond the six month term he was given in June, Haaretz learns.

Bilal Kayed, of the West Bank town of Asira al-Shamaliya, was arrested in 2002 at the height of the second intifada.

Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed will end a 70-day hunger strike following a deal reached with Israel not to extend his term of administrative detention beyond the six months he is serving since June.

Haaretz has learned that Kayed will not have his term of detention without trial extended unless new evidence surfaces against him.

The agreement will be presented to Israel's High Court as part of Kayed's appeal against his detention.

Kayed, 35, from Asira al-Shamaliya, a village near the West Bank's largest city of Nablus, was imprisoned anew shortly after completing a 14-year sentence for security offenses.

The Israeli government insisted at the time that Kayed had to remain behind bars as a security threat, based on confidential evidence.

Kayed’s lawyers said he had rejected a compromise to allow his release      on condition he stayed away from the West Bank for four years.

As a result of the hunger strike, Kayed has received treatment at  Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, where he has been chained to his bed. Earlier this month the court rejected his appeal to remove those restraints.

Kayed, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, had initially been arrested in 2002 during the Second Intifada. He was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison for a list of attacks and attempted assaults.