Israel extends isolation sentence on blind Palestinian

11/04/2011 – 10:28 AM

NABLUS, (PIC)– The Israeli prison administration has extended the isolation term of blind Palestinian prisoner Obada Saeed Bilal for six additional months, Palestinians held in the Israeli prisons have said.

According to their statements, a prison officer informed Bilal that the Israeli prison authority was planning to extend his term in solitary confinement after he was placed in isolation on March 20 without apparent reason.

The isolation also could be detrimental to his health, as he is blind and has a poor state of health, while no one is permitted to live with him and assist him.

Bilal, who has been detained since 2002, is the son of Saeed Bilal, from the first generation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. His wife and three brothers are also serving time in Israeli prisons.

Separately, Israeli occupation authorities have sentenced Hamas leader Awadallah Ishtyeh to six months in administrative detention after they failed to pin an indictment on him.

Detained in the Megiddo prison, he had been questioned several times by Israeli police and intelligence, but accusations have yet to be placed against him, sources told the PIC.

The Ofer prison court will convene April 13 to look into the decision.

Ishtyeh, a Hamas leader and village councilman, was arrested from his home in the village of Salim east of Nablus on Feb. 22, 2011, when Israeli special forces used commercial vehicles and military patrols to infiltrate the village.

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