Report: Israel is considering bringing foreign doctors to force-feed hunger-striking prisoners

The massive hunger strike conducted by hundreds of Palestinian security prisoners started 18 days ago. Today, it was revealed that the Israel Prison Service is considering the possibility of bringing doctors from abroad in order to force-feed the prisoners whose health is at risk, thus bypassing the Israel Medical Association, which has prohibited Israeli doctors from force-feeding them.
Illustration Photo Credit: Michal Fattal/Flash 90

First report: The Israel Prison Service is considering the possibility of bringing doctors from a foreign country to Israel in order to force-feed hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners whose health is at risk.

It appears that the force-feeding would take place at the IPS medical center so that the IPS would not have to deal with the firm opposition of the Israel Medical Association, which has prohibited Israeli doctors from force-feeding hunger-striking prisoners. In addition, this solution will ensure that Israeli hospitals are not overcrowded due to the prisoners.

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The legal aspects of the possibility of bringing doctors from abroad are mainly being examined with the help of the Israeli Health Ministry. However, it appears that many officials oppose this idea.  

The IPS Metzada unit conducting drills, today Photo Credit: Israeli Public Security Ministry/Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan visited the Metzada unit. The Metzada unit is the IPS hostage rescue and special operations unit. It is one of the five hostage rescue units in Israel. In addition, when a prisoner escapes, the unit works to locate him and bring him back to the prison. “The hunger strike of terrorists is an attempt to put pressure on the State of Israel,” said Erdan.

The Israeli minister watched the unit conduct drills and was impressed by what he saw. “We need to make sure that all of our means to deal with the strike and the various scenarios are fully ready,” said Erdan. “I got the impression that Metzada is prepared and ready for the challenge.”



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