Israeli authorities have long been concerned that hunger strikes among detained Palestinians could lead to deaths and protests. No more.
Israeli politicians have passed a law allowing for force-feeding of prisoners who turn to hunger strikes to try to get their will.
After a lengthy discussion in the parliament Knesset, the law on Thursday passed with 46 votes for and 40 against.
From now it is therefore possible to prevent deaths by forcing food into the prisoners.
However, the Israeli Medical Association believes force-feeding is a form of torture. The bill has faced strong opposition from the medical profession, which now encourages its members to ignore the law and refuse to forcibly feed prisoners if they are asked to do so.
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