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Congressional Letter Opposes Israeli Detentions Of Palestinian Children

Twenty Congress members have signed a letter urging President Obama to protect the rights of Palestinian children and urging him to appoint a “special envoy for Palestinian youth”. 

The lawmakers are concerned about Israeli imprisonment of Palestinian children as young as 12, sometimes without charge or trial. UNICEF, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch and other rights groups accuse the Israeli government of systematic abuse of Palestinian children. 

The Israeli government rejects these claims and calls its actions necessary for Israel’s security. We talk with Nawal Musleh, a Palestinian-American who just got back from a trip to Palestine/Israel, where she met with detained kids and visited a former prison. We're also joined by Rabbi Joseph Berman, a member of Jewish Voice for Peace in Washington DC. He was on the delegation with Nawal.

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