In mid-June, the Israeli government approved a bill allowing the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who go on hunger strikes as a protest against detention without charge.
“The Secretary-General expressed deep concern, in addition, over the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, warning that draft legislation to permit force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, if approved by the legislature, would be in contravention of international standards,” Feltman said at a briefing on Wednesday.
Earlier in June, the Israel Medical Association (IMA) stated that force-feeding was a form of torture and suggested that the proposed bill means that Israeli doctors who undertake force-feeding are complicit in torture.
The most recent Palestinian prisoner hunger strike was held in 2012 and resulted in the release of five prisoners. In 2012, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned that if any of the estimated 1,500 Palestinians on hunger strike were to die of starvation in Israeli jails, it would be a "national disaster that no one can tolerate."