Updated Jan. 31, 2018
Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi is turning 17 years old in an Israeli prison today. The ill treatment of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli forces is widespread, systematic, and institutionalized throughout the Israeli military detention system. Take action today: Contact your representatives to tell them to support HR 4391 to hold Israel responsible for its abuses of Palestinian children’s rights.
I am a constituent of Representative _______________ and I am calling to ask [him/her] to support H.R. 4391 to promote Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391. This legislation is to prevent United States tax dollars from supporting the Israeli military’s ongoing detention and mistreatment of Palestinian children. An estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since 2000. Independent monitors such as Human Rights Watch have documented that these children are subject to abuse and, in some cases, torture — specifically citing the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has found that Palestinian children are frequently held for extended periods without access to either their parents or attorneys.
Please support H.R. 4391.
**Please call North Carolina Congressman David Price:
Washington, DC Office
Chapel Hill-Durham Office
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This bill was introduced in November of 2017 by Congresswoman Betty McCollum to promote human rights for Palestinian children. She said earlier, “this legislation highlights Israel’s system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children. Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”
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