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Justice Ministry: No Problem Force-Feeding Inmates

Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri cites European courts that force-feeding is 'torture,' but says his office would defend doctors who comply with law
Family of Baruch Mizrahi mourn at his funeral. No one asked Mizrahi if he wanted to live or die.

Family of Baruch Mizrahi mourn at his funeral. No one asked Mizrahi if he wanted to live or die.
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Officials in the Justice Ministry have rejected claims that the proposal to force-feed hunger striking Palestinians is “cruel”, and they said Monday that the bill currently under consideration is “measured and balanced.”

According to a report on Israel Radio, the director general of the Ministry said that past experience has shown that hunger strikers don’t really want to die, and that doctors were stressed by the possibility that striking prisoners could die if they do not eat.

The report cited Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri, who said two European courts have ruled that force-feeding can cause irreversible injury. However, Nisri believes the State would defend doctors who force-feed prisoners in accordance with court rulings.

MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) told Israel Radio that most of his colleagues oppose the law, and added that Israel “doesn’t care” whether the prisoners die of hunger. However, the current bill could harm the country and international hasbara efforts.

Seventy-six Palestinians are currently on a joint hunger strike.

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27 Responses to “Justice Ministry: No Problem Force-Feeding Inmates”

  1. I believe it is up to the indiviual if they want to eat or not. was’nt David on a certain foods he did not eat and others and they were not made to eat things prohibited by their beliefs. as long as food is available to them and I feel they should have that choice.

  2. I believe it is up to the indiviual if they want to eat or not. was’nt David on a certain foods he did not eat and others and they were not made to eat things prohibited by their beliefs. as long as food is available to them and I feel they should have that choice.

  3. I believe it is up to the indiviual if they want to eat or not. was’nt David on a certain foods he did not eat and others and they were not made to eat things prohibited by their beliefs. as long as food is available to them and I feel they should have that choice.

  4. I believe it is up to the indiviual if they want to eat or not. was’nt David on a certain foods he did not eat and others and they were not made to eat things prohibited by their beliefs. as long as food is available to them and I feel they should have that choice.

  5. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Hasbara is fine- up to a point ,
    Israel is not on trial & has nothing to prove !

  6. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Hasbara is fine- up to a point ,
    Israel is not on trial & has nothing to prove !

  7. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Hasbara is fine- up to a point ,
    Israel is not on trial & has nothing to prove !

  8. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Hasbara is fine- up to a point ,
    Israel is not on trial & has nothing to prove !

  9. Lorraine Shoolman Zive says:

    Leave them to starve. They don't need to breathe in the air. If tht is what they want let them be.

  10. Karen Bryant via Facebook says:

    If starving is their choice honor it.

  11. Karen Bryant via Facebook says:

    If starving is their choice honor it.

  12. Karen Bryant via Facebook says:

    If starving is their choice honor it.

  13. Karen Bryant via Facebook says:

    If starving is their choice honor it.

  14. Rachel Lefkowitz via Facebook says:

    Yes, please, starve and die. All of them.

  15. Rachel Lefkowitz via Facebook says:

    Yes, please, starve and die. All of them.

  16. Rachel Lefkowitz via Facebook says:

    Yes, please, starve and die. All of them.

  17. Rachel Lefkowitz via Facebook says:

    Yes, please, starve and die. All of them.

  18. David was not on certain foods. Nowhere in Bible Sharon

  19. David was not on certain foods. Nowhere in Bible Sharon

  20. David was not on certain foods. Nowhere in Bible Sharon

  21. David was not on certain foods. Nowhere in Bible Sharon

  22. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Feed them pig, hog tripe ,bacon ,pig’s feet ,snout ,they’ll like it ,eventually

  23. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Feed them pig, hog tripe ,bacon ,pig’s feet ,snout ,they’ll like it ,eventually

  24. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Feed them pig, hog tripe ,bacon ,pig’s feet ,snout ,they’ll like it ,eventually

  25. Guy Peters via Facebook says:

    Feed them pig, hog tripe ,bacon ,pig’s feet ,snout ,they’ll like it ,eventually

  26. As long as they're feeding them ham sandwiches, I'm fine with it. Otherwise, just let them carry on.

  27. Adam Auach says:

    I hate Israel's evil lawyer society of fake Leftists, and the way everything revolves around an ultra conservative group of Muslim Nazis and their "rights", and making propoganda for them and against the truly persocuted.. And every country force feeds.

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