Our daily picture is from the celebration held for the former hunger-striker and political prisoner Bilal Kayed released by occupier Israel from a 15 year captivity on Monday December 12th.
He was received in his home village of Asira al-Shamaliyeh by a large crowd of over a thousand well-wishers, which included former fellow hunger-strikers and political prisoners like Khader Adnan (who raises his hand up in the picture) and Mohammed al-Qeeq.
Kayed, a member of left-wing PFLP, was sentenced to 14.5 years of imprisonment by Israeli occupation’s military court, and gained prominence as political prisoners representative in negotiations with Israeli occupation authorities.
When his sentence was to end on June 13th, Israel instead of releasing him announced that it would keep him imprisoned, now under administrative detention without charge or trial.
As a response, Bilal Kayed declared a hunger-strike which lasted for 71 days and gained global publicity. Israeli occupation’s attempts to break his will and determination failed.
In the end Israeli occupation made a face-saving deal with him which meant him being imprisoned until the end of the six month administrative detention period without extension.
Now he is, finally, free as much as anyone is free in occupied Palestine under Israeli occupation.