You don’t typically think of the halls of Congress as a place where Palestinian human rights are afforded the concern they deserve, but that changed on Tuesday, when Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced a bill called “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.” As you may be able to tell by the name, the bill seeks to ensure that “American tax dollars don't support Israel's military detention of Palestinian children.” This comes on the heels of a report by Israeli human rights organizations documenting the abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. We’re still a long way from holding Israel accountable for its wide-ranging abuses against Palestinians and violations of their rights, but the leadership of Congresswoman McCollum is most certainly welcomed and will help advance basic human rights—for kids! Can’t imagine who wouldn’t get behind that.

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