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Wed Jun 22, 2016, 07:17 AM

 

20 Congress members send Obama letter requesting protection of Palestinian children

from Israeli abuses

Salon | Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 07:59 AM EDT

Twenty Congress members have called on President Obama to take action to protect the rights of Palestinian children.

The lawmakers sent the president a letter on June 20, urging him to appoint a “special envoy for Palestinian youth” in order to monitor the Israeli government’s violation of Palestinian children’s human rights.

The letter (embedded below), notes that Palestinian children are “growing up under military occupation with very few opportunities to improve their lives.”

The letter describes the occupation as “an unimaginably difficult and at times hopeless environment,” where children “live under the constant fear of arrest detention and violence at the hands of the Israeli military.”

Israel’s illegal military occupation marked its 49th anniversary earlier this month. Nearly half, 46 percent, of the roughly 4.7 million Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied territories are minors under 18 years of age.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 07:20 AM

1. In before this letter is called "anti-Semitic".

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 07:21 AM

2. I wish some lawmakers gave a shit about our children.

 

Not being nationalist or racist here, just wishing we had a legislative body willing to pass real gun control measures.

Sorry for the off-topic reply.

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Response to leeroysphitz (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 07:24 AM

3. no problem, but these signers, are, I believe all supporters of real gun control

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 07:39 AM

4. Its an honor to be one of the first K&R this thread.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 07:59 AM

5. It would help if the PA stopped extremists from throwing rockets at Israel

 

Just an idea..

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Response to Albertoo (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 08:01 AM

6. it would help if Israel wasn't perpetrating an illegal occupation

 

I'm not mocking you. I'm trying to point out that there is endless back and forth. this is simply a small effort focused on one discrete problem woven into a big fucking mess with culpability on both sides.

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 09:48 AM

7. I could partly agree with you

 

The whole situation is a horrible mess, mostly because of religious reasons.
The Muslim Brotherhood wants the death of Israel at all costs.
The Israeli far right takes any excuse to encroach on the West Bank.

Israel is the prime example of why the world would radically improve if religion disappeared overnight.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 10:13 AM

8. The children are the biggest victims of all of this, no matter which side they were born to.

Promises

An interesting documentary following the life of seven kids while being raised in Israel and Palestine.















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Response to cali (Original post)

Wed Jun 22, 2016, 11:11 AM

9. I hope they will also monitor Palestinian government violations

like PA brainwashing children, and inciting them to become terrorists. Or Hamas having an army of child soldiers, and using them as human shields. And Palestinian terrorist attacks that harm Israeli children. As long as these are all covered too, it is a great idea.

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