Prisoner Mohammad Allan, leading a 55-day hunger-strike in Israeli prisons.

Israel awaits court’s green light to force-feed hunger-striker

PNN/ Bethlehem/
Israeli occupation authorities on Friday told prisoner Mohammad Allan’s lawyer that they will ask a district court to authorize force-feeding him.

Allan has been leading a hunger-strike for 55 days now, in protest of administrative detention which can imprison Palestinians indefinitely for renewable six-month intervals.

The force-feeding intention comes as the Knesset passed law which allows force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike on 30 July.

Head of the Prisoners and Former Prisoners Committee, Issa Qaraqe, in addition to the head of the Palestinian prisoners’ club, Qaddoura Fares and the Minister of Health, Dr. Jawad Awwad, in a press conference on Saturday have severely warned of the act since it violates human rights and demolishes a non-violent act of resistance, confirming the necessity to take it to the International Criminal Court as soon as possible.

Qaraqe’ said that Israel must take responsibility for any harm that might affect prisoner Allan, especially in light of his deteriorating health situation.

Qaraqe’ pointed out that Israel continues to legalize pure apartheid policies, such as the force-feeding law, 20-year-imprisonment for stone throwers, in addition to preventing the prisoners from contacting their families or pursuing their studies.

Force-feeding is known to be one of the most dangerous, painful and inhumane acts, since it involves violent injection of a plastic tube through the nasal opening, that reaches down to the stomach and carries liquid nutrition.

International experts have engaged with the Israeli authorities on different occasions regarding the issue of force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners and detainees.

“Under no circumstance will force-feeding of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike comply with human rights standards,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Pûras, said. “Informed consent is an integral part in the realization of the right to health.”

+972 magazine said that the head of the Israeli Medical Association, Dr. Leonid Eidelman, has long opposed attempts to force-feed prisoners. As similar legislative measures came and went over the years, he has consistently argued that they contradict medical ethics and declared he would advise doctors to ignore any order to administer force-feeding.

According to Palestinian prisoner support organization Addameer, Israeli authorities were holding 414 Palestinians in administrative detention as of April 1, reports +972.