Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) said they would beÂ signing a bill to stop funding Israel, due to its abuse of Palestinian children.
The bill was introduced by Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, and would prohibit aid from being used by Israeli authorities to detain Palestinian minors.
Congresswoman McCollum’sÂ Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children ActÂ was introduced in November 2017. It was revived in April 2019 after AOC spoke about the bill in a podcast.
Initially, AOC did not sign the bill but she commented on Ilhan Omarâ€™s tweet that she is â€śexcited to sign on.â€ť
â€” Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN)Â June 12, 2019
She tweeted on June 11 thanking her colleagues for signing the bill. Among her co-sponsors are Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first ever Palestinian-American to hold office in the U.S. Congress. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women to ever be in Congress in the United States.
“Thank you to my colleagues for signing on toÂ #HR2407, my legislation to ensure U.S. aid dollars are not spent on putting children in military detention.Â #NoWayToTreatAChildÂ https://t.co/NoW5PZ95pdpic.twitter.com/UDeuVMjb2R”
â€” Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04)Â June 11, 2019
Her legislation â€śamends a provision of the Foreign Assistance Act known as the â€śLeahy Lawâ€ť to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel.â€ť
McCollum herself commented that the bill, â€śhighlights Israelâ€™s system of military detention of Palestinian children and ensures that no American assistance to Israel supports human rights violations.â€ť
The senior legislator added, â€śPeace can only be achieved by respecting human rights, especially the rights of children. Congress must not turn a blind eye the unjust and ongoing mistreatment of Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.â€ť
~ Telesur/Days of Palestine
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.