Year after year, the Israeli military assaults, blockades, imprisons, and mistreats Palestinian civilians, using weapons provided free-of-charge by the U.S. government.
What's the least the U.S. government could do to mitigate the damage?
What would be the smallest first step toward undoing this extreme injustice?
What would be something that every member of Congress, even YOURS, should support?
We're not talking here about cutting off the free weapons or ceasing to shield Israel from international law. We're not even talking about attempting to place any restrictions on the worst human rights abuses or on expansion of illegal settlements.
The proposal that has been introduced into Congress as H.R. 2407 would merely instruct Israel not to use U.S. funds for the worst children's rights abuses.
If this law is passed, Israel will still be given billions of dollars to buy U.S. weapons, but it will be forbidden to use those funds to imprison, interrogate, torture, abuse, or ill-treat children in ways that violate international law.
This is important because the longest march begins with a single step. Click here to send an email to your Representative insisting that they take this step, and CCing both of your Senators, asking that they introduce and pass the same bill.
Israel does indeed commit the outrages addressed by this bill, as you can read in the media accounts at the bottom of this email, or even in the Whereas clauses at the beginning of the bill, also linked to below.
Excerpts from the text of the bill:
"The Government of Israel and its military detains around 500 to 700 Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 17 each year and prosecutes them before a military court system that lacks basic and fundamental guarantees of due process in violation of international standards. . . .
". . . Israeli security forces detain children under the age of 12 for interrogation for extended periods of time even though prosecution of children under 12 is prohibited by Israeli military law.
"Human Rights Watch, in its World Report 2018, reported that Israeli Security Forces detained Palestinian children 'often using unnecessary force, questioned them without a family member present, and made them sign confessions in Hebrew, which most did not understand.'
"Human Rights Watch documented, in a July 2015 report titled 'Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children,' that such detentions also included the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15 years."
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We note that H.R. 2407 seeks to hold Israel to the standards of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, despite the fact that there remains one single nation on earth that has not ratified that basic treaty. That rogue nation is not Israel; it's the United States.
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