Israel to force-feed Palestinian hunger striker

Israel to start implementing law that allows force-feeding of Palestinian detainees

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian detainees sit in an Israeli army truck after an Israeli army operation in southern Gaza Strip Sunday, June 1, 2008.

Updated Aug 8, 2015

Israel will impose “force-feed” law on Saturday evening on a Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohamed Allan (30), who has been in hunger strike for more than 50 days.

Palestinian Authority Health Minister, Jawad Awwad, criticised the law saying it is a kind of torture.

“Force feeding of the detainees is a kind of torture that will lead to death, at the same time it is violation of the right of the person not to accept treatment, freedom right on his body and his honour. This implementation is contrary to all international agreements,” he said in a written statement.

Israeli parliament, the Knesset, approved a legislation on July 30, which enables the authorities to “force-feed” Palestinian detainees and convicts.

According to the minister, the feeding which will be implemented forcibly by releasing hose from mouth into stomach, can risk life.

Meanwhile, the mother of Allan will also begin hunger strike and a sit-in protest in front of Soroko hospital for the Israeli authorities that do not allow her to visit her son.

Allan, who works as a lawyer, recently transferred to Soroka hospital as his health condition has worsened as he continues hunger strikes for 53 days.

He was detained on Nov. 30, 2014 and has begun his hunger strike last month to protest his “administrative detention.”

The Israeli Intelligence can detain the Palestinians from one to six months under the name of ‘’administrative detention,’’ claiming confidential security information.

If the detainee is decided to pose danger for the security of Israel, a military judge can extend the detention to five years without any charges.

According to Palestinian authorities, there have been approximately 6,500 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons.

Since 1967, 206 Palestinians died in Israeli prisons. Of these, 71 from torture, 54 of medical incompetence, 74 intentionally upon arrest and seven were killed as a result of being shot by soldiers directly. Shortly after the release of dozens which were arrested, they lost their lives due to diseases caught because of the prison conditions.

From 1967 until April 2015, approximately 850,000 Palestinians, including women and children, were arrested by the Israeli forces.

TRTWorld and agencies