Posted on May 26, 2016 in Action Alerts
Israel has reintroduced the use of administrative detention against children. This is a procedure where a child can be detained without charge or trial, often renewable indefinitely. At the end of February 2015, there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military prison. This is the highest rate since data became available in 2008.
Representative Betty McCollum (MN-04) is leading efforts to urge President Obama to appoint a “Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.” The role of this “Special Envoy” is to hear directly from Palestinian youth, human rights and legal experts, NGOs, Palestinian and Israeli officials, including police and military leaders. The goal is to promote greater human rights and opportunities for Palestinian youth, and establish a framework for engagement for the next U.S. administration.
The U.S. has a critical role to play in shaping the environment for peace between Israel and Palestine. As Rep. McCollum writes, “Palestinian youth is one of the most critical demographic groups to building a secure future.”
We need to demonstrate strong support and show that a broad coalition supports peace and justice for the 4.68 million Palestinians living under occupation, including the Palestinian youth that are all too often overlooked.
Please write to your member and urge them to support the request for President Obama to create a “Special Envoy for Palestinian Children.”
Deadline to sign on: June 6, 2016.