Faith-based actions

Faith-based communities and organizations are key partners and supporters of the #nowaytotreatachild campaign. They educate their communities about Palestinian children’s experiences in military detention through film screenings and speaker events, by organizing conferences, and bringing delegations to Palestine to expose individuals to the reality of life under Israeli military occupation.

They’ve built broad-based coalitions with faith-based and other organizations in support of the #nowaytotreatachild campaign and organized constituents to advocate for H.R. 4391 and H.R. 2407. In September 2018, 24 religious leaders spearheaded a letter to the cosponsors of H.R. 4391 expressing their support for the legislation and thanking the members of Congress for their cosponsorship.  

An increasing number of faith-based communities are bringing ill-treatment of Palestinian child detainees by Israeli forces to their national conferences. Several have passed resolutions in support of the #nowaytotreatachild campaign and in solidarity with Palestinian child detainees.

Below is a timeline of resolutions relating to Palestinian child detention passed by national faith conferences. 

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The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association endorsed H.R. 2407, issuing a statement of support in October 2019.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Churchwide Assembly approved Assembly Action Category B2: Palestine (No Way to Treat a Child). 

The Alliance of Baptists passed a child protection resolution, Children in Detention, at its National Convention. 


The General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed Resolution 2018-C038, Safeguard the Rights of Palestinian Children


The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) passed GA-1719, A Call for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to Advocate for the Rights of Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation.

The General Synod 31 of the United Church of Christ passed A Call for the United Church of Christ to Advocate for the Rights of Children Living Under Military Occupation.


The 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church - USA passed Item 08-02 On Advocating for the Safety and Well-being of Children of Palestine and Israel -- From the Synod of the Covenant. 


The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church - USA passed Item 04-12 On Reaffirming the Rights of Children and Attention to VIolence Against Children in Israel and Palestine.

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.