Dear Representative McCollum,
Thank you for sponsoring H.R. 4391, Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. I want to help educate your colleagues in Congress about the serious abuses perpetrated upon Palestinian children by Israel, including military detention and torture.
Your legislation requires that the Secretary of State certify that American funds do not support Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children. This measure should be a no-brainer, but I know that the Israeli lobby will fight tooth and nail to obfuscate the issues.
I highly recommend a book on this subject “Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak” (June 2016). I hope the testimonies of Palestinian child prisoners who have been subjected to Israeli detention and torture will be part of the public record.
I will ask my member of Congress from New Mexico to cosponsor your bill. If there’s anything further I can do to help, please let me know.