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Rep. Betty McCollum

{Originally posted to the author’s blog, My Right Word}

If you have read this:

A Minnesota congresswoman has introduced a bill that seeks to prevent the United States from funding Israel’s military detention of Palestinian children.
The legislation introduced Tuesday by Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat, has at least nine co-sponsors. It would require the secretary of state to certify annually that U.S. assistance to Israel has not been used in the previous year to militarily detain, interrogate or abuse Palestinian children.
“The purpose of this act is to promote and protect the human rights of Palestinian children and to ensure that United States taxpayer funds shall not be used to support the military detention of Palestinian children,” the bill reads.

You are probably upset.


You may be upset because you know that “children” includes youngsters up to age 18 who are educated by the Palestinian Authority to riot, maim and even kill as terrorists in the tradition that has been inculcated in Arab kids since, at least, 1920 in the region because they have been taught to view Zionism as evil and Jews as has been recounted by using the terms:

wlad al-mayit’ [children of death],  “wlad al-mot” [children of death, a variant of wlad al-mayit]

and you may think, “has the Congresswoman done anything to support programs to limit funding to the Palestinian Authority to halt its incitement actions like naming schools after terrorists, etc.?”

You may be upset knowing that among the endorsers of this move are the Churches for Middle East Peace and Jewish Voices for Peace who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel as well as Defense for Children International – Palestine, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Mennonite Central Committee, Presbyterian Church (USA), the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights and United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR).

You may be upset knowing that Israel, under the circumstances does its best to assure the safety of children (and I have been involved when I did reserve duty in dealing with youngsters who need to be detained or questioned) and that there will always be, unfortunately, a small percentage of problems.

You can review these publications:

to be better aware of the reality.
You can review material at Palestinian Media Watch.
You can write or fax* the Congresswoman.  Tweet to her. Reach out on Facebook.
Just don’t let her think she is correct in her actions.


2256 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6631
Fax: (202) 225-1968


661 LaSalle Street, Suite 110
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: (651) 224-9191

Fax: (651) 224-3056


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Yisrael Medad resides in Shiloh and is a foreign media spokesperson for the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities.