Protect Children from Military Detention

In April 2019, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (H.R. 2407) was reintroduced to Congress.

This historic bill is a reintroduction of H.R. 4391 in the last Congress, which had 31 cosponsors. The bill amends an existing human rights law known as the “Leahy Law” to specifically prohibit U.S. funds from being used for the “military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment” of children.

Every year, Israeli forces detain and prosecute between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts where children as young as 12 can be sent to prison, while children aged 16 are considered adults and face the maximum sentence. These children often report experiencing fear of physical violence, threats against their families, or imprisonment during interrogation.

As Christians, we affirm the dignity of all human beings made in the image of God. We believe vulnerable children should be protected, not harmed. We believe that the criminal justice process should promote the restoration of individuals and communities.

We can use our voice to ask Members of Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 2407 and ensure that the billions of dollars sent to Israel every year are not used to abuse or detain Palestinian children.

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Hi! I’m calling today because the Congresswoman withdrew her support from HR 2407. As a Christian I am deeply disturbed by this action because I believe that each person, including each Palestianian child, is created in the image of God, and therefore should be treated with dignity and respect. HR 2407, or the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, ensures that U.S. taxpayer funds do not support the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.

Each year, 500 to 700 children are arrested by the Israeli military, mostly for throwing rocks. For such a small offense, children as young as twelve years old can be tried in a military court and face up to 20 years in prison. Additionally numerous human rights organizations have documented abuses, such as physical violence, sleep deprivation, and lack of food and water for children who enter the Israeli military detention system

I do not want my tax dollars to contribute to these practices! Therefore, I’m asking the Congresswoman to reverse her decision and support HR 2407.