Urge your lawmaker: Prohibit Israel from using US funds to violate Palestinian rights

Palestinian homes, like those belonging to more than 1,000 Palestinians in the Masafer Yatta area of the occupied West Bank, are under threat of demotion at the hands of Israeli forces. Israeli forces detain, torture, prosecute, and imprison 500 to 700 Palestinian children each year, some as young as 12. While Israel uses U.S. taxpayer funds to violate Palestinian human rights, and Congress must take action to prohibit the Israeli government from doing so.

Rep. Cori Bush recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Blinken telling him to insist that the Israeli government stop the expulsion of more than 1,000 Palestinians who live in the Masafer Yatta area of the West Bank. The U.S. should not be funding the forcible transfer of Palestinians—a war crime.

On April 15, 2021, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced H.R. 2590, the "Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act," or the Palestinian Children and Families Act. 

H.R. 2590 seeks to promote justice, equality and human rights for Palestinian children and families by prohibiting Israeli authorities from using U.S. taxpayer funds to detain and torture Palestinian children, demolish and seize Palestinian homes, and further annex Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

Please contact your representative about H.R. 2590 using the tool below to thank them for cosponsoring the bill or urge them to sign on!

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.