Become a citizen co-sponsor of HR 4391

In November 2017, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) with nine additional co-sponsors, introduced the first-ever bill in the U.S. Congress focused on Palestinian human rights, specifically grave human rights violations against Palestinian child detainees.

The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, or H.R. 4391, seeks to promote justice, equality and human rights by ensuring that United States financial assistance provided to the Government of Israel is not used to support the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli forces in a military detention system where ill-treatment is widespread and institutionalized.

Please join us in signing on as a citizen co-sponsor of this groundbreaking legislation.

Palestinian child detainees in military detention

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

Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts each year.

Nearly three out of four Palestinian children experience some form of physical violence after arrest.

Children typically arrive to interrogation bound, blindfolded, frightened, and sleep deprived.

Children often give confessions after verbal abuse, threats, physical and psychological violence that in some cases amounts to torture.

Israeli military law provides no right to legal counsel during interrogation.

Regardless of guilt or innocence, children in conflict with the law are entitled to special protections and all due process rights under international law, including an absolute prohibition on torture and ill-treatment.

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Add your name to endorse H.R. 4391 and demand that United States financial assistance to the Government of Israel is not used to support the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli forces in violation of international law.

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Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) is a local, independent Palestinian human rights organization committed to securing a just and viable future for Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.