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No Way to Treat a Child resources for action

 

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.

Learn more using the resources below. For more information, email Jennifer Bing.

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Progress for Palestinian rights

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—and our hopes for the next year.

Zeina with her son Mejd who is holding a sign that says "Save the children of Gaza"
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Stories of working for Palestinian rights

Two activists share experiences that motivate their ongoing work. 

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How to talk to your representative about Palestinian child detention

Every year, between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. Here are some messages you can use to advocate for change.

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Protection Not Detention poster for print
Please download this Protection Not Detention PDF and use it as part of your efforts to promote the...
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One-pager on HR 2407 and Palestinian children in Israeli military detention
This document summarizes H.R. 2407 and Palestinian Children in Israeli military detention. It...
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Background on HR 2407
This background piece on H.R. 2407 addresses these questions:What does H.R. 2407 do?How is it...
Congressional briefing on H.R. 2407.
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Faith Leaders Support H.R. 2407
On November 18, 2019 twenty-six religious leaders signed a letter to Congress in support of the "...
Stages of Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Child Prisoners
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Stages of Israeli Miiltary Detention of Palestinian Children
The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of...
Blindfolded youth surrounded and held by Israeli soldiers
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Military Detention Fact Sheet
The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of...
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Detaining Dreams - Arrest & Transfer
Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically...
Yazan, Detaining Dreams speaking tour
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Detaining Dreams - Interrogation & Life After Detention
Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically...