Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A careful balancing of weighty and diverse factors


Netanyahu is pushing a bill allowing the forcible feeding of Palestinian prisoners (there is a major hunger-strike among prisoners being held indefinitely without trial).

The government’s proposal says, “A decision on this sensitive question, which requires a careful balancing of weighty and diverse factors, should not be taken by administrative or medical officials responsible for the well-being of a prisoner on hunger strike, but should rather be made by a court of law at the appropriate level.” This is an outright admission that forcible feeding is intended not as a medical treatment, if a violent and involuntary medical treatment, but a punishment.

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