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To: Rep. Doris Matsui and Rep. Ami Bera

No way to treat a child

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Co-sponsor HR 4391, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act (

Why is this important?

Rep. Betty McCollum introduced this bill earlier in 2018 after learning about the appalling treatment of Palestinian children in the West Bank who are arrested and treated in blatant violation of international law by the Israeli military. They are often taken from their beds in the middle of the night, interrogated without parents or attorneys present, subjected to harsh and degrading treatment and coerced into signing confessions in Hebrew, which they don't know.
The 26 co-sponsors, including four California Democratic members of Congress, want to bar U.S. funding of such practices. The bill would require the State Department to report regularly and assure that to be the case. For more information about the bill, see
Jewish Voice for Peace and others have asked Reps. Matsui and Bera to sign on, but they have not responded. Perhaps they will if they hear from hundreds of constituents.


2019-04-08 09:36:32 -0400

50 signatures reached

2018-06-02 01:49:51 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-06-01 16:24:55 -0400

10 signatures reached