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July 30, 2015 9:23 am

Israel Passes Law Permitting Force-Feeding of Prisoners

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A new Israeli law permits the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A new Israeli law permits the force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel’s parliament passed a contentious law on Thursday that would permit the force-feeding of inmates on hunger strike, eliciting harsh criticism over the practice.

The law allows a judge to sanction the force-feeding or administration of medical treatment if there is a threat to the inmate’s life, even if the prisoner refuses. It passed with a 46-40 vote in favor — a slender margin in the 120-seat Knesset. The remaining lawmakers were absent from the early morning vote.

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