(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/14/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is urging American Muslims and all people of conscience to urge their elected representatives in the U.S. House to support the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.
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The act would require the U.S. Secretary of State to certify that United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.
Introduced by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), the act is jointly support by original co-sponsors Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), André Carson (IN-D), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Danny K. Davis (D- IL), Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME).
“This legislation highlights Israel’s system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations,” said Congresswoman McCollum in a press release issued by her office. “Peace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children. Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”
The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act asserts that the “Israeli 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” and “Since 2000, an estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces in the West Bank and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system.”
The act also cites Human Rights Watch’s July 2015 report “Israel: Security Forces Abuse Palestinian Children,” that found such detentions also included the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15 years.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.
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