Israeli Association: Doctors Force-Feeding Hunger Strikers Prisoners will be Prosecuted

TEL AVIV, June 12, 2014 (WAFA) – The Israeli Medical Association said it will not be able to offer legal defense to medical doctors accused of force-feeding the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, reported the Israeli daily of Haaretz.

According to Haaretz, head of the IMA, Leonid Edelman, believes that force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike is in contradiction with Tokyo Declaration of 1975 and Malta Declaration of 1991, even if a bill to do so gets approved.

Earlier this week, the IMA strictly prohibited the medical doctors serving in hospitals in which Palestinian hunger strikers are hospitalized to forcibly administer food into the hunger strikers, noting that IMA on Sunday will open an emergency hotline for physicians treating those prisoners.

“Medical ethics are stronger than any law even if the law approves,” said Edelman.

“In obscurantist systems (Nazi Medical Experiments on Jews) physicians were acting in accordance with the law and, [nevertheless], they committed atrocities.”

To be noted, dozens of hunger striking Palestinian detainees, who have been on an open-ended hunger strike for 50 consecutive days in Israeli jails, have recently been hospitalized due to their aggravating health conditions.


Source: WAFA