Knesset introduces bill that would allow prison officials to force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers
The new law if passed will allow Israeli authorities to use two means of force-feeding on Palestinian inmates who are on hunger strike (File Archive)
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Israel has introduced a bill to allow prison authorities to force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.
The bill, which was issued on Sunday, will allow the force-feeding of the hunger strikers against their will if it becomes law, Israel’s daily Haaretz reported.
The bill introduces two methods of force-feeding, namely the intravenous method, if the prisoner is not able to swallow, and the use of a feeding tube.
Israeli Medical Association (IMA) chairman Leonid Eidelman said that the association is against the bill.
“We… made our position clear, and it’s the same as the World Medical Association’s. Force feeding must be forbidden, as it’s a form of torture and humiliation. We oppose it by all means,” Eidelman said.
The bill is expected to be put on a vote during a next parliament session.
They have been subject to human rights violations, such as the use of torture during interrogation by prison authorities.
More than 4,500 Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli prisons, many of them without charge or trial.
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