Erdan: Force-feeding bill will save lives

MKs passionately debated the pros and cons of force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike in the Knesset Interior Committee Tuesday.

The committee worked on a bill that would allow prisons, with permission from a judge, to use a feeding tube on prisoners who refuse to eat, with committee chairman David Amsalem (Likud) aiming to bring the measure to a second and third (final) reading in the plenum by the end of the month.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the goal of the bill is to save lives, just like prison guards prevent prisoners from committing suicide, and the goal of the hunger strike does not matter.


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