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• Tell Congress: Support Palestinian Children’s Human Rights
• Support education and travel for seminarians to learn about Palestinian human rights!
• Rise Against Racism, Counter CUFI!
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Tell Congress: Support Palestinian Children’s Human Rights
On April 30, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.) introduced H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,” which would prohibit U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children by any country, including Israel. H.R. 2407 is similar to a bill McCollum introduced in November 2017 (H.R. 4391, the “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act”), with some updates and changes. Significantly, the new bill prohibits U.S. military aid from being used by foreign armed forces to support the military detention, interrogation, abuse or ill-treatment of children in violation of international humanitarian law.
Between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are detained and prosecuted in Israeli military courts each year. Since 2000, more than 10,000 children have been subjected to the Israeli military court system, which does not guarantee their rights of due process. Their treatment highlights the two-tiered system of justice in the occupied Palestinian territory—Israeli civil courts for Israeli settlers, and Israeli military courts for Palestinians.
H.R. 2407 notes that child detention by the Israeli military courts violates international laws and standards of human rights, is contrary to American values, and undermines efforts to promote a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The bill seeks to prohibit funding for the military detention of children in any country, including Israel; to authorize $19 million for nongovernmental organization (NGO) monitoring of human rights abuses associated with Israel’s military detention of children; and to provide physical, psychological, and emotional treatment and support for Palestinian child victims of Israeli military detention, abuse and torture. Specific information about the bill is available at the No Way to Treat a Child campaign website.
TAKE ACTION: Ask your Representative in Congress protect the rights of Palestinian children and to uphold existing U.S. law that prohibits using military aid to violate international humanitarian law. SEND A MESSAGE
Support education and travel for seminarians to learn about Palestinian human rights
UUJME has long sought to educate and engage UU seminarians on the issue of Palestinian human rights—the opportunity to do so is now at hand! A course entitled “Ethical Witness: Decolonizing Travel to the Holy Land” is being planned at the Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM) for the Spring 2020 semester.
The course will be taught by SKSM Alumna Faryn Borella, MA in Social Change and 2018 Hilda Mason Fellowship Award Recipient. Last fall, Borella taught “Jewish Theology of Liberation” at Starr King, and she has had extensive experience in Palestine/Israel. She is currently pursuing rabbinical ordination with the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
This course will include a nine-day delegation to Palestine/Israel. UUJME enthusiastically supports this educational opportunity for seminarians from Starr King and other UU seminaries. We are initiating a campaign to raise $9000 for six $1500 scholarships to allow seminarians to participate by covering the students’ in-country expenses.
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Rise Against Racism, Counter CUFI
For too long, Palestinians have been calling for freedom, justice, and equality. As organizations that share these values, we urge you to join us in confronting Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. With over five million members, CUFI uses its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine, including imprisoning Palestinian children; bombing homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza; massacring peaceful protestors; and confiscating Palestinian land. By its own admission, CUFI “led the charge to have the U.S. recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,” and it continues to push for unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation and illegal settlement expansion.
CUFI is a Christian Zionist organization: Its ideology and politics are deeply entrenched in white nationalism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression. In spite of its strong political influence on the Hill, CUFI has operated largely under the radar and received little attention in comparison with groups like AIPAC.
Until now. This is the moment to act:
This July, many of your Congressional representatives will be attending CUFI’s annual summit as invited guests. We cannot allow CUFI’s influence to go unchallenged. Come to Washington, D.C. on July 7 and 8 to tell the world to #CounterCUFI! It will take each and every one of us to rise against racism, to reclaim and protect our communities, and to uphold the liberation of all people in the vision
of justice, equality, and freedom.
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