US Lawmaker Calls to End Military Aid to Israel, Claims Abuse of Palestinian Children
Outrageous! Democratic Congresswoman Betty McCollum introduced legislation opposing what she describes as Israel’s “state-sponsored child abuse designed to intimidate and terrorize Palestinian children and their families.”
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) has introduced legislation— the Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act, H.R. 2407 — amending a provision of the Foreign Assistance Act known as the “Leahy Law” to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel, according to a press release posted on her website.
“The bill also establishes the “Human Rights Monitoring and Palestinian Child Victims of Israeli Military Detention Fund,” authorizing $19 million annually for non-governmental organization (NGO) monitoring of human rights abuses associated with Israel’s military detention of children.
“The Fund also authorizes qualified NGOs to provide physical, psychological, and emotional treatment and support for Palestinian child victims of Israeli military detention, abuse, and torture.”
The press release quotes anti-Israel NGOs including B’tzelem and Human Rights Watch.
“Israel’s system of military juvenile detention is state-sponsored child abuse designed to intimidate and terrorize Palestinian children and their families,” McCollum alleged while calling for an end to military aid to the Jewish state.
“It is equally outrageous that U.S. tax dollars in the form of military aid to Israel are permitted to sustain what is clearly a gross human rights violation against children,” she declared, claiming that “more than 10,000 Palestinian children have been arrested, detained, abused, and prosecuted by Israeli security forces in the Israeli military court system since 2000.”
While making these shocking claims, the congresswoman, who has a history of anti-Israel activism, made no mention of Palestinian state-sponsored incitement to terror, including children’s educational programs promoting violence and anti-Semitism and its financial support for terrorists and their families.
An unlawful combatant, illegal combatant or unprivileged combatant/belligerent is a person who directly engages in armed conflict in violation of the laws of war or is fighting outside of internationally recognized military forces. An unlawful combatant may be detained or prosecuted under the domestic law of the detaining state for such action.
[Articles 8(2)(b)(xxvi), (e)(vii) of] the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998) defines the recruitment of children under the age of 15 as a war crime.
Such legislation would undermine the Taylor Force Act and rewrite American Law!
Taking legal action in the International Criminal Court against the PLO/PA for the recruitment of child mercenaries would pressure the “Palestinians” into ending the Pay for Slay policy of the PLO!