Ok, at this point we’re overdoing the summer-themed headers, so we’ll skip it on the last one. But, but, pay attention, because the lives of children depend on this: H.R. 2407, the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, was introduced by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)this past Spring. It’s a bill that creates an accountability mechanism to prohibit U.S. funds from being used for the “military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment” of children anywhere. It also authorizes the appropriation of funds to monitor human rights abuses and to provide physical, psychological, and emotional rehabilitation to Palestinian child victims of Israel’s military detention system. Why is this bill important?  Because the Israeli military detains and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children every year in military courts, and regularly subjects them to physical violence, solitary confinement and torture. So, go on, ask your Representative to support this bill.

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