Under Israel’s prolonged military occupation, millions of Palestinians are denied their basic rights. Since 2000, more than 10,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank have been arrested and held in Israeli military detention, where their rights to protection and due process are systematically violated. And since 2006, at least 12,767 Palestinians, including 5,700 children, have lost their homes under Israeli policies that fuel forced displacement and home demolitions in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Our No Way to Treat a Child campaign calls on Congress to use its funding and influence to end these human rights violations. On April 16, 2021, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and 13 cosponsors, introduced a strong bill as an important step toward that goal. The “Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (HR 2590) seeks to ensure U.S. taxpayer funds are not used by the Israeli government to detain and torture Palestinian children, destroy Palestinian homes and property, or further annex Palestinian land in violation of international law.
Now we need your help to urge Congress to support this important measure.
Tell your representative: Support H.R. 2590, which promotes human rights, provides government accountability, and helps create conditions for a just and lasting peace.