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Letters Force feeding of hunger strikers

Support the opposition to force feeding of hunger strikers in Israel

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4449
  1. Mark Porter, chair1,
  2. David McCoy, chair2,
  3. Cornelius Katona, medical director3,
  4. Iain Chalmers, coordinator4,
  5. Frank Arnold, coordinator, Medact preventing torture working group2
  1. 1BMA, London WC1H 9JP, UK
  2. 2Medact, Grayston Centre, London, UK
  3. 3Helen Bamber Foundation, London, UK
  4. 4James Lind Initiative, Oxford, UK
  1. vnathanson{at}

The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, is set to vote on an amendment to its Prisons Act mandating doctors to force feed mentally competent prisoners on hunger strikes.1 The proposed amendment is a response to a mass hunger strike staged by Palestinian detainees against their internment without trial (“administrative detention”).

Force feeding of hunger strikers is …

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