Home   »  Our Work  »  Challenging U.S. Policy  »  Congressional Advocacy  »  Legislative Campaigns

Ask Your Representative to Sign Congressional Letter Challenging Israel's Mistreatment of Palestinian Children

“What about the soldiers? If there wasn’t a video of me, no one would believe what they did to me. Where are these soldiers now? Are they doing this to another Palestinian child?” That was part of the testimony given by a 16-year-old Palestinian-American teenager, Tariq Abu Khdeir, to a room full of Congressional staff and members of the public earlier this week.

His questions to the audience were a powerful reminder that the three Israeli police who brutally beat him while he was handcuffed and unconscious have not been held accountable, despite clear and overwhelming video evidence of their guilt.

After hearing more about Israel’s child detention practices, a number of Members of Congress have expressed deep concern about the rights of Palestinian children. In response to these concerns, Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN) has initiated a letter to Secretary Kerry calling on him to make the protection of children a priority in the United States' relationship with Israel.

Today, we need you to contact your representative and urge them to sign this important letter.

The deadline for signing the letter is June 12th, so it's important that you call your representatives today or early next week to ask them to sign-on.


Despite what some on Capitol Hill may say, support for this letter should not be controversial. The detention of children in the middle of the night, harsh interrogation without counsel, and violence and abuse during the majority of detentions is simply unacceptable.

Representative McCollum’s letter represents an important opportunity that we simply can’t afford to miss. If this letter receives sufficient support among Members of Congress, it could make a dramatic difference in the approach the U.S. takes towards Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinian children.

Because of outreach from people like you, more than 100 people, including at least 32 Congressional offices, attended the June 2nd briefing. Now we need your help to get our lawmakers to take the next step. Please call your Representatives today and ask them to sign the McCollum letter.

Also, please make a quick call to Representative McCollum’s office (1-202-225-6631) to thank them for leading this important initiative.

Thanks again for all of your calls and emails in support of the briefing. Advocacy by supporters like you has truly been the cornerstone of this campaign’s success.

Sincerely,


Mike Coogan                                         
Legislative Coordinator


PS -- The US Campaign's 2014 national conference provided a critical opportunity for groups to meet and strategize around the "No Way to Treat a Child Campaign." Please take a minute to register for this year's national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will be a great opportunity to plan campaigns, connect with other activists, and hear report-backs from the exciting work that's been happening across the country.