HR 4391: Promoting Human Rights by Ending
Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children
On November 14th, 2017, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) introduced a bill titled "Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children." This is an extremely bold and important piece of legislation, which aims to prevent U.S. aid and taxpayer dollars from being used by the Israeli Army to fund the detention, interrogation, ill-treatment, and imprisonment of Palestinian children in its separate-and-unequal military courts.
The language of this bill asks the U.S. Secretary of State to certify that none of the more than $3 billion per year that the U.S. sends in military aid to Israel is used to fund abuse of Palestinian children. Israel ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, which states that children must not be detained for long periods of time, must be made aware of their rights, must not be tortured, and must not be made to sign confessions that they do not understand.