Resolutions Regarding Children Under Israeli Military Occupation

2017 General Assembly: A Call for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to Advocate for the Rights of Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation

2017 General Synod: A Call for the United Church of Christ to Advocate for the Rights of Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation

DSCN3433.JPG50 years ago in the 1967 War, Israel occupied the Palestinian lands of the West Bank and Gaza and has since implemented a two-tiered legal system in these territories: civil law for Israeli settlers (whose settlements are illegal according to international law); and military law for Palestinians, denying them their basic and fundamental rights. Palestinian children and youth are therefore subject to military arrest and prosecution by Israel, the only country that systematically does so in military courts. Palestinian children are subject to physical and verbal abuse, strip searches, solitary confinement, coerced confessions, and separation from their parents and legal counsel.

The United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), through Global Ministries, has partners in Israel/Palestine who have appreciated our witness for peace and justice, and have expressed support for these resolutions.

The resolutions call for:

  • Attention to the plight of children suffering under Israel’s prolonged military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. In particular, these resolutions name the traumatic situation of children living with constant fear of arrest, detention, and violence at the hands of Israeli forces.
  • To advocate for the human rights of the children of Palestine. These resolutions insist that, from the moment of arrest, all operations and procedures imposed on Palestinian children be carried out in accordance with international juvenile justice standards, specifically the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Israel ratified in 1991.
  • The United States government to adhere to U.S. laws concerning human rights violations and the disbursement of military aid and assistance to Israeli armed forces.
  • The United States Senate to join with 194 other nations in ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UCNews report on the action by General Synod

Related to the Resolution

Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children - Legislation introduced into the US House of Representatives on 11/14/17 by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) - H.R.4391

US Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Detain Palestinian Children - Dec 11, 2017 Op-Ed written by Rep. McCollum

2018 B'Tselem Report - Minors in Jeopardy: Violations of the Rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel's Military Courts

2017 B'Tselem Report - Unprotected: The Detention of Palestinian Children in East Jerusalem

Defense for Children International - Palestine


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Kairos Document

US Campaign for Palestinian Rights - US Military Aid to Israel: Policy Implications and Options

The Intercept - Israel Uses US Tax Dollars to Abuse Palestinian Children. This Bill Would Put an End to That.

Report: Palestinian children speak of beatings in Israeli detention (Al-Jazeera English, Feb. 13, 2018)

Register for a special webinar (Feb. 27, 2018)

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