Groups Applaud Rep. McCollum’s Concern for Israel’s Killing of Palestinian Children

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(WASHINGTON DC / AUG. 24. 2015) — Several organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of supporters, applauded today Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) for raising concerns with the State Department about the cases of Nadeem Nawarah, 17, and Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, two Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces on May 15, 2014 during a protest in the occupied West Bank.

Closed circuit security cameras fixed on the building near where the boys were shot captured both shootings. The video, obtained and released by Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), depicts both boys collapsing to the ground after being shot, and their lifeless bodies being carried away off camera by other protesters. Forensic analysis of the video footage showed that neither boy posed any lethal or imminent threat to Israeli forces at the time they were killed.

McCollum’s letter reads in part: “As these killings exemplify, Israel’s treatment of Palestinian youth in the Occupied West Bank is unacceptable and must not be tolerated by the U.S. or the international community.  Systemic human rights abuses are well documented, including the physical and psychological abuse of Palestinian children held in military detention. The murders of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Daher only highlight a brutal system of occupation that devalues and dehumanizes Palestinian children.  It is time for a strong and unequivocal statement of U.S. commitment to the human rights for Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”

ACTION ALERT Hunger striker Mohammad Allan in coma, near death

 Contact the White House and State Department now to demand his release

(WASHINGTON DC 08/14/2015) – Political prisoner attorney Mohammad Allan is in a coma and on a ventilator, reportedly near death, after 59 days of a hunger strike he waged to protest being held under administrative detention.

Under administrative detention, prisoners are held without charge or trial. They are usually held for six months at a time period, which can be renewed indefinitely. The tactic, used commonly by Israel against Palestinians, contravenes numerous international laws as well as American laws the stipulate recipients of US foreign aid must uphold human rights. 

Allan began his hunger strike on June 16, 2015 to protest the May renewal of his administrative detention for a further six months. in May. Israeli occupation authorities have refused Allan’s call to be released and instead tried to coerce Allan to end his hunger strike, according to prisoners’ rights group Addameer.  

TAKE ACTION NOW

As is the case with many Palestinian political prisoners, Israel has deprived Allan of his rights to due process. They have held him for nine months without bringing any charges against him or without a trial. 

The United States, as Israel’s largest financial supporter, is in a unique position to pressure Israel to release Allan. Call, email and Tweet today to ask President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to uphold our American values of justice, liberty and due process by demanding Israel release Allan today and to ensure he gets adequate medical treatment. 

Tell Congress to hold BDS hearing

Last month, the American Muslims for Palestine, along with other partners, attended the first-ever congressional hearing on the Palestinian civil society-led campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel...without a single Palestinian witness or supporter of BDS! 

Instead, the hearing featured witnesses such as the CEO of SodaStream International, which is based in an illegal Israeli settlement, making it one of the primary corporate targets of BDS campaigns.

Tell Congress you support BDS as a nonviolent strategy for ending Israel's oppression of Palestinians and want to see a second hearing with pro-BDS witnesses.

If we get 10,000 signatures on this petition, then we'll deliver it to the Congressional committee which held the hearing.

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