In April, 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 US 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.