A new congressional bill seeks to curb Israel’s war on terrorism. We must ensure this legislation NEVER becomes law!
12 Democratic members of Congress have introduced a bill to prevent US aid to Israel from being used to arrest Palestinian terrorists who are under the age of 18.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and titled ”Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, characterizes young terrorists merely as “Palestinian children” and contends that their arrest by the Israeli army constitutes “abuse.”
This bill was introduced just days before a 17-year-old Palestinian deliberately ran over two Israeli civilians near the town of Efrat. One of the victims was a 70-year-old American immigrant, and former US Marine. After hitting his second victim, the terrorist exited his vehicle and attempted to stab Israeli soldiers, who shot and wounded him.
The second victim is still hospitalized in critical condition.
The soldiers’ shooting and detention of the teenage terrorist are among the types of actions that would trigger the sanctions mandated by the McCollum bill.
“I urge Congresswoman McCollum to withdraw her bill, before it helps inspire other young Palestinians to copy the 17-year-old attacker near Efrat,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC).
“Palestinian youth do need a ‘protection act’—they need protection from Hamas that uses them as human shields for terrorism and who send them to dig terror tunnels,” Cooper added. “They need protection from the brainwashing of the Palestinian Authority that teaches them to deny the rights and humanity of their Jewish neighbors.”
Commenting on the dangerous bill, Stephen M. Flatow, whose daughter was murdered by Palestinian terrorists, wrote that “yes, the Israeli army does arrest a significant number of Palestinian minors. That’s because a significant number of Palestinian minors engage in terrorism. In the past two years, there have been at least 79 terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinians from the ages of 8-17.”
“The real abuse that Betty McCollum… should be investigating is the constant effort by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to incite minors to engage in the murder of Jews.
Morad Abdullah Adais, the 16-year-old who butchered Dafna Meir in front of her children in January 2016, told investigators that he was inspired to murder her after watching a PA television program depicting Israelis as cruel oppressors of the Palestinians.
““How about some congressional action against the PA’s use of American aid to sponsor such vicious and deadly incitement?” Flatow wrote.
This bill is dangerously arrogant and could put Israel in peril. This measure blatantly ignores the victims of terrorism and basically calls on Israel not to respond to acts of terror or act to prevent them.
At a time when the free world is working to fight terrorism, such US-sponsored legislation is disheartening and immoral.
We must contact these 12 representatives and tell them that such a move against Israel and the fight on terrorism is unacceptable.
We must ensure that H.R. 4391 does not become law!
Pressure the Representatives to Drop This Bill!
Contact Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]
Contact Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]
Contact Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
Contact Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]
Contact Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]
Contact Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
Contact Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]
Contact Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]
Contact Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]
Contact Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]
Contact Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
Contact Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]
Contact Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]
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