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Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living under Israeli Occupation Act

Palestinian activists, represented in Palestine Defense Forces Team, thank Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) for support to the UNICEF resolution to promote human rights for Palestinian children by ending abusive Israeli military detention practices.

It’s worth mentioning that the Congresswoman has previous actions to protect Palestinian children’s’ human rights such as: In 2015, Congresswoman McCollum led 18 colleagues calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to “elevate the human rights of Palestinian children to a priority status in our bilateral relationship with the Government of Israel.” In 2016, Congresswoman McCollum led 19 colleagues urging President Barack Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth.

An estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli occupation forces and prosecuted in the Israeli occupation court system since 2000. Palestinian children are subjected to abuse and, in some cases, torture — specifically citing the use of choke-holds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) found that Palestinian children are frequently held for extended periods without access to either their parents or attorneys.

*Palestine Defence Forces team is a group of Palestinian youth activists, aiming at defending and raising awareness about the Palestinian cause, enhancing its role in the Western world, exposing the Israeli crimes and massacres committed in cold blood against Palestinians, and responding to the lies and persistent allegations against them.

Here are some of the activists’ replies:

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