Ask your representative to attend briefing.

Be a voice of hope for children! Contact your representative today and urge him/her to attend an important briefing to learn more about the struggles of Palestinian children. Ask them to work for an end to 50 years of military occupation and to support a just and lasting peace for all Palestinians and Israelis.

50 Years of Israeli Military Occupation & Life for Palestinian Children

Thursday, June 8, 2017
9:30 AM
Cannon House Office Building, Room 122

Speakers include:
Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director, Human Rights Watch
Brad Parker, Staff Attorney and International Advocacy Officer, Defense for Children International – Palestine
Nadia Ben-Youssef, Director, Adalah Justice Project
Yazan Meqbil, Leonard Education Scholar and student at Goshen College

The briefing marks 50 years since Israeli forces occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Children under 18 years old currently represent 46 percent of the 4.68 million Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This current generation has grown up in the shadow of failed negotiations and with futures stifled by systemic discrimination, persistent settlement expansion, blockade, and repeated military offensives.

Panelists will examine how persistent human rights violations, systematic impunity, discrimination, and a hyper-militarized environment affect the lives of the Palestinian children growing up under a military occupation with no end in sight.

The briefing is sponsored by the No Way to Treat a Child campaign, which is supported by Mennonite Central Committee U.S., among other organizations.

Faith reflection: “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)

Action: Encourage your member and staff to attend the briefing.

Written May 18, 2017 by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director. Adapted from an alert by the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, a network of which the MCC U.S. Washington Office is a member.

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