Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4) introduced legislation to prohibit U.S. protect Palestinian children detained in Israel’s military court system from human rights abuses. H.R. 2407, “The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living under Israeli Occupation Act,” amends a portion of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act, known as the Leahy Law, to prohibit any U.S. foreign aid dollars from contributing to “the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.”
Act Today! Tell your Representative: Cosponsor H.R. 2407!
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly endorses Rep. Betty McCollum's Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act as a proactive step toward safeguarding the lives of vulnerable children caught in the middle of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
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In over 60 percent of arrest cases for stone throwing, the Israeli military goes into family homes and arrests children between midnight and 5:00 AM. By the time interrogation begins around 8:00 AM, the children have often had their hands tied behind their back for several hours. Many are sleep-deprived, scared, have not been allowed to use the bathroom, nor have they been given any food or water. During interrogation, children have reported being denied access to a lawyer or parent, being forced to sign written confessions in Hebrew that they couldn’t read, being threatened, or experiencing physical violence.
“Israel’s system of military juvenile detention is state-sponsored child abuse designed to intimidate and terrorize Palestinian children and their families,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “It must be condemned, but it is equally outrageous that U.S. tax dollars in the form of military aid to Israel are permitted to sustain what is clearly a gross human rights violation against children.”
H.R. 2407 also authorizes $19 million annually to fund NGOs that monitor human rights in Israel/Palestine and to fund organizations that provide physical and mental health support to Palestinian children who have been subject to military detention, abuse, or torture.
Tell your Representative, Treat all children with human dignity. Support H.R. 2407!
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