Force-Feeding is War Crime and Perpetrators Will be Prosecuted


Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, May 6, 2017

News is coming about the Israeli preparations to commit the force-feeding crime against hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, who have been on hunger strike for 20 days.

The Israeli media lately announced the Israeli government’s intention to recruit doctors from abroad to force-feed hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

On 17 April 2017, hundreds of Palestinian prisoners started a hunger strike to pressurize the Israeli Prison Service in order to offer them proper detention conditions that respect their dignity and humanity.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with deep concern the arbitrary and inhuman measures practiced by the Israeli authorities against Palestinian prisoners since the very first day of their hunger strike.  These measures include but not limited to solitary confinement, threats, stress and finally the Israeli perpetrations to force-feed them.  PCHR emphasizes that all the Israeli practices fall within the policy of torture as identified by Article 1 of the Convention against Torture.

PCHR stresses that it will work on prosecuting all those involved in force-feeding the prisoners on hunger strike by all available legal means.  PCHR also calls upon doctors syndicates all over the world to advice its associate members not to participate in any force-feeding process and publish a statement in this regard according to their governments’ obligations under Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Convention against Torture in addition to the peremptory International norms against torture that force-feeding is a form of which…