The Heat: Israel’s controversial new laws

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Last month when the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial new law calling for the force feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, they expected Palestinians to object.
What followed was a firestorm of criticism from within—led by Israel’s own medical association. Force-feeding, it said, was like torture and doctors would refuse to do it.

CCTV’s Stephanie Freid reported on the controversy surrounding the new law.
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The Heat: Israel\'s controversial new laws Part 1

The Heat: Israel\'s controversial new laws Part 1

Last month when the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial new law calling for the force feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, they expected Palestinians to object. What followed was a firestorm of criticism from within—led by Israel’s own medical association. Force-feeding, it said, was like torture and doctors would refuse to do it.

To provide the Palestinian perspective:

  • Diana Buttu is an attorney specializing in international and human rights law and a former adviser to Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
The Heat: Israel's controversial new laws Part 2

The Heat: Israel's controversial new laws Part 2

Last month when the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial new law calling for the force feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, they expected Palestinians to object. What followed was a firestorm of criticism from within—led by Israel’s own medical association. Force-feeding, it said, was like torture and doctors would refuse to do it.

To continue to conversation on the controversy surrounding Israel’s new law:

  • Sarah Saadoun is a Fellow at Human Rights Watch focusing on the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Jeremy Saltan is a member of Israel’s Bayit Yehudi party, serving as a political analyst, manager and adviser.
The Heat: Israel's controversial new laws Part 3

The Heat: Israel's controversial new laws Part 3

Last month when the Israeli Knesset passed a controversial new law calling for the force feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, they expected Palestinians to object. What followed was a firestorm of criticism from within—led by Israel’s own medical association. Force-feeding, it said, was like torture and doctors would refuse to do it.