Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes around 700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights. Join us in calling on the federal government to take steps to hold Israeli authorities accountable to their obligations under international law. From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill treatment and torture at the hands of Israeli forces. Three out of four experience physical violence during arrest or interrogation.
“Jesus himself was born in Palestine under Roman Occupation and, according to Matthew’s Gospel, escaped the slaughter of innocents by becoming a refugee in Egypt before returning to the land of his birth where he came of age," reads a motion to United Church of Christ Synod, June 2017. "To read the Gospels is to become aware of both the blessing and the vulnerability of children. It is to know that God’s love was revealed in a child and, in particular, a child vulnerable to injustice and violence.”
The Canadian government must use all available means to pressure the Israeli government to end the detention and abuse of Palestinian children. By demanding Israeli authorities comply with international law, we are seeking to stop the abuse of Palestinian children and demanding justice for them.
- Sign the petition urging Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland to prioritize the human rights of Palestinian children and hold Israeli authorities accountable for widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian child detainees.
- Meet with your member of Parliament to ask them to ask raise this issue with Minister Freeland and ask that Canada prioritize the human rights of Palestinian children and hold Israeli authorities accountable for widespread and systematic ill-treatment and torture of Palestinian child detainees. Find your MP on the Government of Canada website
- Share this Take Action on your social media networks. Use the hashtags #UCCan and #NWTTAC.
Go to - http://www.united-church.ca/social-action/act-now/israeli-military-detention-no-way-treat-child to find more information