Human rights group attacks Israeli government for violating medical ethics in its treatment of hunger strikers

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 10 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3329
  1. Tamara Traubmann
  1. 1Tel Aviv

Two Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons are at immediate risk of death as the hunger strike over administrative detention enters its 72nd day. The two detainees, Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh, are a part of the hunger strike that began on 17 April and now involves 1600-2000 detainees held in Israeli prisons, according to a report published on 8 May by Physicians for Human Rights—Israel.

The hunger strikers demand that Israel stops its practice of administrative detention (imprisoning people without indictment or trial, for an unlimited amount of time), solitary confinement, and other punitive …

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