ali abunimah on mccullum & the torture of children

Demagogs clash over bill to curb Israeli torture of children
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada, Sep 17 2019

Israel prosecutes 500-700 under-18s annually. Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/APA

Betty McCollum, a Pindo Congress crittur, is hitting back at a fellow Demagog who pulled her backing from a bill to protect Palestinian children from Israeli military detention and torture. Earlier this month, Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell withdrew her name from McCollum’s bill, HR 2407. McCollum, of Minnesota, tweeted Tuesday:

Dingell tweeted:

House Resolution 326, which is supported by Democrat-aligned Israel lobby groups, aims to “ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a secure Jewish and democratic state.” Unlike McCollum’s bill, the resolution makes no mention of Israel’s systematic jailing and abuse of Palestinian children. Dingell appears to be using her support for the do-nothing pro-Israel resolution as cover to undermine a bill that brings real accountability for Israel’s human rights abuses. McCollum’s bill would prohibit Pindo funding to IOF units found to be involved in abuses of Palestinian children. It also allocates millions of dollars to investigate such abuses. Dingell represents a Detroit suburb with a large Pindo-Arab community. Her withdrawal from the bill has generated anger among community advocates. Abed Ayoub, the legal director of the Pindo-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told Middle East Eye that Dingell’s withdrawal was an “act of cowardice.”

According to Middle East Eye, Dingell may be trying to appease Israel lobby groups disturbed that she has been too supportive of Palestinian rights. By throwing Palestinian children under the bus, Dingell may hope to secure the continued support of pro-Israel advocates. Ayoub told Middle East Eye:

Given that Dingell represents one of the largest Arab communities in Pindostan, withdrawing her support from the bill gives cover for others to follow.

JVP Action, the political action committee of Jewish Voice for Peace, is urging the public to contact Dingell to demand she back the bill.

The No Way to Treat a Child campaign said:

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights.

Following Dingell’s withdrawal, McCollum’s bill to curb these abuses currently has 21 co-sponsors, all Demagogs.

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