Just over a year ago, Rep. Betty McCollum introduced groundbreaking legislation in support of Palestinian rights. H.R. 2590 ensures U.S. taxpayer funds are not used by the Israeli government to detain and abuse Palestinian children, demolish Palestinian homes and structures, or to further unilaterally annex Palestinian land in the West Bank. The legislation would also require the Secretary of State to certify annually U.S. funds are not used in support of any of these practices
On April 26, Representative McCollum and Christian faith leaders will speak at a virtual briefing in support of H.R. 2590 from 3-4:00pm ET. The briefing will include remarks from Christian leaders as well as the release of a letter in support of H.R. 2590 and a Senate companion bill.
Despite the continued realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the displacement of Palestinians has continued at an accelerated rate. By the end of February 2022, documentation compiled by the U.N. noted that home demolitions had resulted in the displacement of over 1,300 Palestinians—a majority of whom are children. Congress must take a proactive step to ensure U.S. funds do not contribute to the continued displacement of Palestinians people and annexation of Palestinian land.