Physicians can Anaesthetize Hunger-Striking Prisoners to Force-Feed them, says Israeli Official

TEL AVIV, June 18, 2014 (WAFA) – Legal advisor for the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, Yoel Adar, said Wednesday that medical practitioners can anaesthetize and force-feed the hunger striking Palestinian prisoners, currently being hospitalized in Israeli hospitals.

Adar said, during a meeting for the Interior Committee of the Israeli parliament (Knesset), that physicians will be allowed to anaesthetize the hunger strikers and force-feed them, and that physicians are entitled to decide whether to use partial or full anesthesia.

Ahmad al-Tibi, an Arab member of the Israeli Knesset, opposed the decision and requested to call off the meeting, saying that anaesthetizing the prisoners in order to force-feed them is a dangerous precedent; nonetheless his opposition was rejected by Likud MK Miri Regev, who heads the Knesset’s Interior Committee.

The committee also discussed the bill to force-feed prisoners where they decided to replace the term of force-feeding to ‘providing treatment and fluids using artificial methods’.

To be noted, the Israeli Medical Association recently warned its members not to force-feed the prisoners on hunger strike, since it violates international treaties.


Source: WAFA