Cabinet approves bill to allow force-feeding hunger striking prisoners

The Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to allow the force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners if it is determined that their lives are in danger. The bill will still need to be brought to the Knesset and pass a first and second reading to go into law.

The bill, proposed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, is titled the “prevention of damage by hunger strikers” bill and is a continuation of sorts of a bill that passed its first reading in the Knesset last summer. According to Erdan’s parliamentary aide, the bill is basically the same, except that in the current version, a doctor must agree to apply the force-feeding and only a judge who is a court president or deputy president can approve the measure.


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