AFSC co-leads the "Israeli Military Detention: No Way to Treat a Child" campaign with Defense for Children International-Palestine, which seeks to challenge and end Israel's prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system.
Palestinian children have the right to a safe and just future. We believe the United States government must use all available means to pressure relevant Israeli authorities to end the detention and abuse of Palestinian children.
The first bill on Palestinian children’s human rights in U.S. history was introduced on November 14, 2017 by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN). H.R. 4391 “The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act,” gained the support of 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
On April 30, 2019, Rep. McCollum introduced H.R. 2407, the "Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act," a bill prohibiting U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children by any country, including Israel. Similar to H.R. 4391, the bill sought to provide justice, equality, and human rights by ensuring that U.S. financial assistance to Israel is not used to support widespread and institutionalized ill-treatment of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces. H.R. 2407 received 24 co-sponsors in the 116th Congress.
A new bill is anticipated in the 117th Congress.
As we reach a milestone in our No Way to Treat a Child campaign, we talk with two activists on the progress we’ve made together, our hopes for 2021, and their personal stories of working for Palestinian rights. Please check out our updated guide on How to Talk to your Representative about Palestinian Child Detention. Check out this list of faith-based actions.
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