Israeli lawyer: Palestinians ‘have the right to fight’ — Video on Al Jazeera talked to Lea Tsemel

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Published on 1 Aug 2015

The Israeli parliament has passed a new law legalising the force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strikes.For Palestinians in Israeli jails, hunger strikes are a strong mode of protesting detention and occupation.The United Nations, the Palestinian Prisoners Commission and the Israeli Medical Association have all condemned the new law. The country’s medical association are urging doctors to not partake in force-feeding, saying it is effectively torture and violates medical ethics.But Israel has said that Palestinian hunger strikes could lead to deaths and set off protests across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. It is a move that highlights the treatment of Palestinian prisoners and how those defending them face difficult odds.One of these defenders is lawyer Lea Tsemel, who has had a career spanning more than four decades and is a rarity in Israel.

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EU concerned over Israel’s use of administrative detention — IINA News org| Calls for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all prisoners

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