Today 26 national-level Christian leaders released a letter in support of H.R. 2407, the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act.”
J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., is one of the signers. The letter says:
As faith leaders who deeply care about the well-being of children in our country and in communities abroad, we write to bring to light the ongoing trauma faced by Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military. We welcome the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407), legislation that prohibits any U.S. taxpayer funds from contributing to the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of children by any country, including Israel….
Our faith commitments call us to pay particular attention to the rights of those most vulnerable, including children. Wherever children are languishing in detention camps whether in our U.S. context or in Israeli military prisons, we pray that leaders do their utmost to protect the humanity and dignity of all and prevent the violation of children’s rights.