- Published on Friday, 10 August 2012 11:15
On Thursday, 9th August, 27-year-old administrative detainee Bilal Diab was released at the Jalama checkpoint in the northern West Bank and finally returned home in Kufr Rai, Jenin after 77 days of hunger strike.
Bilal was arrested for the first time in 2003 and was sentenced 80 months to prison, then he was re-arrested in August 2011 and was given another six months administrative detention order.
Diab's family was concerned about the Israeli decision to release Bilal, especially after Israel had renewed the detentions of Hassan Safadi and Omar Abu Shalal, there were doubts as to whether Bilal would be really released.
So there was a huge sense of relief when Bilal crossed the Jalama checkpoint, where his family and dozens of Palestinains supporters welcomed him.
Woroud Qasem, 25, was also released on the same day, after the Israeli authorities decided to grant her an early release based on medical reasons. Woroud, member of the PFLP faction, was sentenced to six years in prison after being arrested in October 2006.