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HR 2407

New Legislation for Palestinian Children’s Rights

Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota just reintroduced her legislation in Congress that would prohibit US tax dollars from funding the Israeli military detention of Palestinian children—and this time, it’s an even stronger challenge to occupation and apartheid. The bill is the followup to H.R. 4391 in the last Congress, which gained 31 cosponsors.

This bill exists because every year, Israel detains and prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts that have a conviction rate of 99.74%. Instead of living free and safe childhoods, Palestinian children fear Israeli soldiers pulling them from their beds in the middle of the night to face torture and ill-treatment.

H.R. 2407, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, 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.

The bill aims to end US funding for Israeli human rights abuses and lay the groundwork for achieving justice. H.R. 2407 authorizes the appropriation of funds to monitor human rights abuses and to provide physical, psychological, and emotional rehabilitation to Palestinian children who have been victims of Israel’s military detention system.

To see the legislation, click here.

Help encourage Congressional support for this important Human Rights legislation by signing the Resolution in Support of H.R. 2407 and getting other organizations and individuals to do so as well. As we build a list of endorsements we will deliver the Resolution to Congresspersons to show that their constituents want them to support H.R. 2407.

 

Sign Here! A Resolution in Support of H.R. 2407

Connecticut Residents

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Latest Endorsements

Connecticut

Tree of Life Educational Fund

Jewish Voice for Peace – New Haven

We Refuse to Be Enemies

Guilford Peace Alliance, Guilford

Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society, Madison

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 478, Hamden

Teamsters Local 443, New Haven

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 90, Wallingford

Our Revolution

Coalition of Black Trade Unionist

Central Connecticut Democratic Socialist of America

Teamsters Local 191, Bridgeport

Peace Task Force of the Unitarian Society- New Haven

Immigrant Bail Fund

Greater New Haven Peace Council

Ironworkers Local 15 – Greater Hartford

Connecticut Peace and Solidarity Coalition

Building Trades Council, Greater Hartford – New Britain

Teamsters Local 671 – Bloomfield

Moral Monday

Amistad United Church of Christ-Hartford

Connecticut United Church of Christ Palestine-Israel Network

Teamsters Local 493 – Uncasville

Teamsters Local 677 – Waterbury

Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ

Shoreline Green Party

Muslim Law Student Association – UCONN Law School

Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA)

Middle East Law Student Association – UCONN Law School

Shalom United Church of Christ, New Haven

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

 

Massachusetts

Tree of Life Educational Fund – MA Chapter

Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston

Massachusetts Peace Action

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) – MA Chapter

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Cape Cod Chapter

 

Oregon

Lutheran’s for Justice in the Holy Land, OR