In the early morning hours of Oct. 18, 16-year-old Shadi Khoury was rousted from his bed and beaten by Israeli soldiers who had entered his home to arrest him. Pictures taken at the scene show a trail of blood marking where he was dragged out of his house. Since his detention, Shadi has been held and interrogated without charge or trial.
Contact Congress today. Urge them to take action to ensure Shadi’s release and to oppose the abuse of all children in Israeli’s military court system.
Since 2000 an estimated 13,000 Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 17 in the occupied Palestinian territory have been detained, prosecuted, and incarcerated by the Israeli army.
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.
Tell Congress today: Support HR 2590 and demand the release of Shadi and all children in Israeli military detention.