Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Petition lawmakers to protect Palestinian children

You can contact them on the issue here. Hurry before Congress outlaws this too. The text:

I write to ask you to support H.R. 4391, the 'Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.'

H.R. 4391 seeks to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funds are not being used to support grave human rights violations against Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces. It is an effort to enhance transparency and demand that Israeli forces comply with international law. By aligning U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian people with international law norms, the bill would help increase protections for children and work to end grave human rights violations against Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces.

Children under 18 years old now represent nearly half of the 2.7 million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank. 

Instead of growing up with a law-based, negotiated settlement founded on universal human rights principles, justice, and respect for human dignity, Palestinian youth have had their futures stifled and suppressed by systemic discrimination, settlement expansion, and a military occupation with no end in sight where impunity is the norm.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes between 500 and 700 children each year in military courts that lack fundamental fair trial rights and protections. 

Children within the Israeli military detention system commonly report physical and verbal abuse from the moment of their arrest, and coercion and threats during interrogations. Under Israeli military law, Palestinian children have no right to a lawyer during interrogation.

Ill-treatment of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank has been widely documented by UNICEF, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Defense for Children International - Palestine. Your support is needed to ensure accountability and change. 

Please support H.R. 4391.

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