19 U.S. lawmakers urge Obama administration to protect Palestinian kids

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U.S. lawmakers urge Obama administration to protect Palestinian kids


Ramallah, June 24, 2015–Nineteen members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week urging him to prioritize the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

The letter, initiated by Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), noted that “Israel’s military detention system targeting children is an anomaly in the world,” and that UNICEF has found ill-treatment of Palestinian children is “widespread, systemic and institutionalized” throughout the detention process. The lawmakers urged “the Department of State to elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in [the U.S.’s] bilateral relationship with the Government of Israel.”

“Israeli forces detain and abuse Palestinian children with impunity, yet continue to receive military aid from the U.S. government,” said Khaled Quzmar, DCIP’s general director. “While action is long overdue, this letter is a significant step by…

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