Israel delays vote on prisoners force-feeding bill

The bill, which was passed in its first Knesset reading, must be approved by parliament twice before becoming law.

Israel delays vote on prisoners force-feeding bill

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Israeli Knesset has delayed its second vote on a bill that would allow prison authorities to force-feed hunger-striking Palestinian detainees, Israeli media reported on Monday.

According to Israel Radio, the delay was the result of pressure by the centrist Yesh Atid party and its leader, Yair Lapid, who also serves as finance minister, to postpone voting on the controversial bill for one week.

Earlier this month, the Israel Medical Association (IMA) reaffirmed its refusal to participate in the practice of force-feeding hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners, with IMA Chairman Leonid Edelman asserting prisoners' right to go on hunger strike.

The bill, which was passed in its first Knesset reading, must be approved by parliament twice before becoming law.

Scores of Palestinian "administrative" detainees have remained on hunger strike for more than six weeks to protest their ongoing detention-without-charge by Israeli authorities.

They have been joined by scores of other Palestinian prisoners in a show of solidarity.

Israel's police of "administrative detention" allows it to detain Palestinian prisoners indefinitely without trial or charge. Administrative detention orders can range from one to six months in length and can be extended by Israeli military courts by up to five years.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners' Society, an NGO, some 5270 Palestinians – including 191 in administrative detention – continue to languish in jails throughout the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

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