'Betty McCollum, a member of the US Congress, is hitting back at a fellow Democrat who pulled her backing from a bill to protect Palestinian children from Israeli military detention and torture.
Earlier this month, Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell withdrew her name from McCollum’s bill, HR 2407.
Dingell “removed her name from HR 2407, calling it ‘counterproductive to a peaceful, two-state solution,’” McCollum, of Minnesota, tweeted Tuesday.
“Does ongoing US funding for Israeli military detention and abuse of Palestinian children promote peace or human rights violations?”
“My heart has always been with the children of Palestine and I would never take action that would harm them,” Dingell tweeted days earlier, justifying her decision to withdraw sponsorship from the bill.
“I believe we must act to protect them and that we must do better than this bill. I am working hard on a solution.”
“We must send a strong signal that the United States cares about these children,” Dingell added, while doing the exact opposite.
“While we wait and wait …”
Dingell did not explain how she was “working hard on a solution,” but did say she was pushing Democratic Party leaders to call a vote on a nonbinding resolution backing a two-state solution.
House Resolution 326, which is supported by Democrat-aligned Israel lobby groups, aims to “ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a secure Jewish and democratic state.”
Unlike McCollum’s bill, the resolution makes no mention of Israel’s systematic jailing and abuse of Palestinian children.
Dingell appears to be using her support for the do-nothing pro-Israel resolution as cover to undermine a bill that brings real accountability for Israel’s human rights abuses.
McCollum’s bill would prohibit US funding to Israeli military units found to be involved in abuses of Palestinian children. It also allocates millions of dollars to investigate such abuses.
“Representative Dingell says ‘we must do better’ than HR 2407,” McCollum responded.
“While we wait and wait for a two-state solution, Israel’s occupation continues and Palestinian children continue to be held in Israeli military detention.”'
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