As an RN/BSN, I feel that I must say that feeding a person via a nasogastric tube need not be 'torture', if it is done properly. I have inserted many and have not witnessed the torture effect most often seen online in regard to force-feeding. First, the procedure needs to be explained to the patient (if he can understand); second, the N/G tube needs to me made of a material (preferably a clear plastic-- I don't know if latex tubes are effective in this area) that can be chilled to the point of stiffness (an unchilled tube makes for more trouble, such as the tube going into the trachea, its curling up on itself, etc.); the tube is lubricated as well as chilled for quick passage without pain; the patient is told to swallow while the tube is being inserted ; the person inserting the tube knows how to determine whether or not he has put too much or too little of the tube in the stomach (it may coil upon itself/ it may be diverted to the trachea ); etc. In Israel, knowing their treatment of Palestinians overall, I doubt that such care will be taken in the case of Palestinian hunger-strikers and the practice will fit the definition of "torture".