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The following is an article that some of you might find of interest. In Israel a law was passed a little while ago that allowed force-feeding of hunger striking prisoners. This goes against the World Medical Association and is considered a human rights violation. My interest is not about Israel on this matter - but that two hospitals and their doctors have refused to force feed a hunger striking prisoner even though they have been ordered to do so.

They are upholding their Hippocratic Oath to do no harm; despite politics, laws, and governments ordering them to do otherwise. Their oath to do no harm is coming first.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/force-feed ... cial-says/

From the article:

In a letter to Israeli Medical Association chairman Leonid Eidelman in June, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wrote that “the purpose of hunger strikes is to intimidate Israeli into releasing terrorists. We will pass this law soon and not allow that.” The preface to the new law counters the doctors’ rationale, arguing that hunger strikes are an “illegitimate” form of protest for inmates, as they disrupt law and order in prison, despite the inmates’ basic right to freedom of expression.

From the internationally recognized ethical point of view, though, the Israeli doctors stand on solid ground in refusing to force-feed hunger strikers. The 1975 Deceleration of Tokyo, issued by the World Medical Association, prohibits force-feeding as long as the patient is capable of forming “an unimpaired and rational judgement.” The 1991 Declaration of Malta on Hunger Strikers stipulates that when faced by a “conflict of loyalties” between the patient and prison authorities, doctors’ “primary obligation is to the individual patient.”

“Doctors have a very clear ethical conscience,” Karni said. “We don’t act against our patients… We don’t do things by force, because we’re not soldiers or policemen.”

As far as she knows, no doctors take part in force-feeding anywhere in the world, Karni said. In Guantanamo Bay, the practice of force-feeding US-held inmates who refused a number of meals amounted to “torture, which is prohibited by all ethical standards,” she said.

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