Each year around 700 Palestinian children are arrested, abused, and detained in Israel’s military court system, a system with a conviction rate of 99.74%. According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Association, 98% of Palestinian children arrested and detained by Israel are subjected to physiological and/or physical torture and interrogations carried out without legal representation or parents present — this is a violation of international humanitarian law, and U.S. aid to Israel is being used to fund it.
On April 30, 2019, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) reintroduced The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, H.R. 2407 to prohibit U.S. assistance to Israel to be used in the detainment and mistreatment of children by amending the already existing Leahy Law to specifically prohibit U.S. funds from being used for the “military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment” of children, authorizing the appropriation of funds to monitor human rights abuses and to provide rehabilitation to Palestinian children who have been victims of Israel’s brutal military detention system and affirm that the basic human rights of Palestinian children must be respected.
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