Israeli authorities have decided to forcibly treat hunger striking detainee, journalist Muhammad al-Qeeq, without his consent, according to Minister Issa Qaraqe, chairman of the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission.Earlier on Wednesday, the Israeli ethics committee at Afula hospital, where Palestinian detainee al-Qeeq is being hospitalized, said that he is on the verge of death, following 71 consecutive days of hunger strike in protest of being imprisoned without a charge or trial.
Iyad Mesk, an attorney with the Palestinian Prisonerâ€™s Society (PPS), said that the Israeli ethics committee, composed of nine physicians, concluded that al-Qeeqâ€™s health has reached a very critical stage and that he faces the possibility of death at any moment, stressing that even if he survives, he still remains at risk of a potential failure of various organs.
The commission said that medical reports issued by Afula hospital are merely pro forma reports, given the fact that al-Qeeq has been rejecting to undergo any medical tests, including blood and Electrocardiogram (ECG) examinations.
The commission also accused the Israeli Supreme Court of being an â€śaccompliceâ€ť with the Israeli ‘extreme right-wing governmentâ€™, in its blatant disregard to al-Qeeqâ€™s health deterioration.
To be noted, the World Medical Association’s declarations on hunger strikers, including the Malta Declaration â€śforbids applying pressure to end a hunger strike and forced medical treatment.â€ť The Tokyo Declaration ‘forbids physicians’ participation in torture, including the forced feeding or treatment of hunger strikers.â€ť
The World Medical Association, the Red Cross, and the United Nations, consider forced treatment a cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment or punishment, and a blatant violation of international law and human rights.
According to the prisoner rights group, Addameer, â€śBoth force-feeding and forced treatment are violent policies that are very painful and absolutely violate the principle of individual autonomy.â€ť
â€śThe practices constitute degrading, inhumane treatment, that could amount to torture. Both practices may be dangerous and have a negative impact on Palestinian hunger strikers, and each presents an unsuitable approach to save their lives.â€ť
To be noted, on January 27th, 2016, the Israeli Supreme Court fixed al-Qeeqâ€™s administrative detention term, without charge or trial, for six months, despite his critical health condition.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid, Robert Piper, expressed grave concern over Israelâ€™s continued practice of administrative detention, without charge or trial.
â€śI am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Muhammad Al-Qeeq, who is on hunger strike in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment.â€ť
The UN official reiterated ‘the United Nations’ long-standing position that all administrative detainees â€“ Palestinian or Israeli – should be charged or released without delayâ€™.
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