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Israel allows force feeding of prisoners
Published :Friday, 31 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 6

JERUSALEM, July 30 : The Israeli parliament approved on Thursday a law allowing prisoners on hunger strike facing death to be force fed, a spokesman said, sparking criticism from rights groups and medical experts.
The law, which seeks to prevent imprisoned Palestinian militants from pressuring Israel by refusing food, was initially approved in June 2014 at the height of a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners, during which dozens were hospitalised.
While the law does not specifically mention Palestinians, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who led the legislation, said it was necessary since "hunger strikes of terrorists in prisons have become a means to threaten Israel."
The law, which passed by 46 votes to 40, "will be used only if a doctor determines that the continued hunger strike will
create an immediate risk to the life of a prisoner or long-term damage to his health," David Amsalem of the ruling Likud party said.     ?AFP









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