Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners; doctors vow court fight

July 30, 2015 11:11 AM

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Israel passes law sanctioning force-feeding prisoners; doctors vow court fight

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 mor...

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