Join U.S. Representative Betty McCollum and Christian faith leaders on Universal Children's Day as they advocate for the rights of Palestinian children who are detained, prosecuted, and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the West Bank.
When: Wednesday, November 20 (Universal Children's Day)
Time: 10:30-11:30 am
Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Auditorium and Atrium (CVC 200)
In speaking about H.R. 2407, faith leaders have noted that their faith commitment calls them to pay particular attention to the rights of vulnerable communities, including children. Wherever children are held in detention, whether in the context of U.S. detention centers or Israeli military prisons, there is an obligation to act to protect children’s rights.
“Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407) prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel.
Christian denominations including The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Alliance of Baptists have passed national resolutions in support of Palestinian children’s rights. Speakers from some of these denominations and other Protestant and Catholic organizations will join Rep. McCollum at the briefing.
This briefing is hosted by Rep. McCollum and supported by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy and Churches for Middle East Peace.