Israel Stays Put on Force Feeding Law

by Admin on September 12, 2016

Israel’s High Court of Justice stands by law that enforces the feeding of Palestinian detainees undergoing a hunger strike

The ruling came after an appeal was raised by the Medical Association claiming that it contradicts medical law, ethics as well as international law according to Jerusalem Post.

The High court rejected the appeal stating “This law is legal under Israeli law and international law,” adding “Saving a life must remain the priority and the state is responsible for the lives of its prisoners.”

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There are over 7500 Palestinian prisoners in Israel, 700 of whom are in detention that allows for incarceration without trail, reports Al Jazeera. Hundreds of the detainees have called for a hunger strike claiming harassment at the hands of the Israeli guards while others refused food to show solidarity for prisoner Bilal Kayed, who has been fasting for 52 days over his continued detention without trial, Palestinian officials said

Israeli authorities consider the hunger strike to be blackmail on the part of the prisoners who, they claim, have used this tactic in the past.

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