Illustrative image of force-feeding (Via reprieve.org.uk)

Prisoner Allan moved to Barzilai medical center in preps to be force-fed

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Israeli sources on Monday said that administrative prisoner Mohammad Allan (30), who has been on 57-day hunger-strike now, heavily guarded, was moved to Barzilai medical center in occupied Askalan (Ashkelon) south of Israel, in preps to operate force-feeding procedure on him.

Director of Prisoners Center for Studies (PCS), ex-prisoner Rafat Hamdouneh warned of the process, saying it put the prisoner’s life in danger, especially in light of Netanyahu’s decision to open an emergency room for the purpose of force-feeding.

In a statement, Hamdouneh added that prisoner Allan suffers from wight loss, inability to move or stand because of the drop of sugar in his blood, in addition to low blood pressure, sight inefficiency, severe pains in the left ear and the weakness of joints, which makes force-feeding a dangerous torturous process.

Force-feeding includes beating and brutal-treatment of the prisoner, especially if he protests the act, which makes it a flagrant violation of human-rights and the profession of medicine.

Hamdouneh stressed the urgent need to make a move, on local and international levels, through the media and the law, to stop the Israeli crimes against non-violent resistance and prisoners that are already detained for no given reasons.

Israel is still going on with the bill which passed the Knesset voting two weeks ago, despite condemnations of numerous associations including the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and World Medical Association (WMA).

UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, on Sunday said that

“feeding induced by threats, coercion, force or use of physical restraints of individuals, who have opted for the extreme recourse of a hunger strike to protest against their detention … tantamount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, even if intended for their benefit.”

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

The World Health Organization (WHO), according to guidance on health in prison published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, including on forced feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, referred to the revised World Medical Association’s Declaration of Malta (Declaration on Hunger Strikers):

“Feeding should never be forced in prison. Such a procedure can only be justified if a serious mental disorder affects the decision-making capacity of the patient. Generally, however, when a hunger strike is the logical expression of a lucidly thought out struggle and not a pathological response by a severely depressed patient considering suicide, prison doctors have to respect the expressed will of the patient and limit themselves to the position of medical counsellor.”