The head of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs (CDA), Issa Qaraqe’, and the head of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, Qaddoura Fares, called on the World Health Organization to assume an attitude against the policy of Forced-Feeding intended to be applied by the Israeli Prison Service on the detainees who are on hunger strike since 17th April, 2017.
This came after the circulation of similar news by the Israeli media on starting the preliminary preparations to transfer doctors form foreign countries to implement the Forced-Feeding against detainees on hunger strike.
This also came after the position of the Medical syndicate in Israel, which refuses to apply the Forced-Feeding because it may cause death.
The Media Committee of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, affirmed in a statement today that the international situation has forbidden this kind of nutrition, and also asserted that the detainee has the right to choose any way of hunger strike as a means of legitimate protest, and no party has the right to intervene in his decision.
The committee considered this a license to kill Palestinian detainees under the pretext of protecting them.
It also pointed out that applying this policy caused the martyrdom of both detainees Rasem Halaweh and Ali Ja’fary at Nafaha prison in 1980, while conducting a hunger strike.
Moreover, the commission stated that the forced-feeding is done with an instrument called “zunda”, which is placed either by nose or mouth; this is repeated after the detainee is handcuffed. It is often accompanied by bleeding due to inserting the instrument repeatedly.
Occupation authorities used this type of nutrition against the Palestinian detainees who conducted hunger strike in 1970-1980. They stopped using it by a decision from the Supreme Court, after the martyrdom of the two detainees Ja’fari and Halaweh. However, the Israeli Knesset has approved this law again in 2015.
It is worth mentioning that 1500 Palestinian detainees continue the battle of freedom and dignity, which was launched on April 17, 2017 to achieve their basic rights, from which they are deprived and which they have achieved previously through hunger strikes.
Their demands are represented in ending the policy of administrative detention, ending the solitary confinement and the prevention of lawyers and family visits and other legitimate demands.