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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Floor Remarks on H.R. 4391, The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children Act

July 24, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in regards to her bill, the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391. Video of Congresswoman McCollum's remarks can be seen here. Congresswoman McCollum's full remarks are below:

Mr. Speaker, over the past decade Congress has provided Israel with more than $30 billion in security assistance. Israel’s security is important. But according to UNICEF, Israel is the only country in the world that systematically uses its military to arrest, interrogate, and imprison children – Palestinian children – some as young as 12 years old.

Countless cases of mistreatment, solitary confinement, and forced confessions have been documented by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and our own State Department. We must ensure that no U.S. tax dollars are supporting the mistreatment and abuse of Palestinian children.

I urge colleagues to co-sponsor H.R. 4391: a bill to prohibit U.S. funds from supporting Israel’s violent military detention and abuse of Palestinian children. This abuse must stop.

Peace in the Middle East can only be achieved by respecting human rights, ensuring Israel’s security, and promoting equality and justice for Palestinians. I yield back.