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Calling on Rep. Kennedy to Support Palestinian Rights
July 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
On July 10th at 4:00 PM, constituents of Representative Joseph Kennedy III will be gathering outside his Newton district office to call on Rep. Kennedy to support the McCollum Bill, H.R. 2407, ‘The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act,’ and take his name off H.R.246, “Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel.” H.R. 2407 ensures that US financial assistance to any country (including Israel) is not used to support the military detention and abuse of children, while H.R.246 is a non-binding resolution that condemns the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS).
Representative Kennedy was one of the first to sign on to:
This resolution works to interfere with our 1st amendment right of political expression by discouraging BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activities directed at Israel.
Representative Kennedy has so far refused to sign on to:
This legislation ensures that US financial assistance is not used to support the military detention and abuse of children. 18 democrats have already signed on.
He has so far refused to sign this bill. His reason given is that it “unfairly singles out Israel” (even though Israel is the only country which systematically jails and abuses Palestinian children as young as 12).
We all know Kennedy as a progressive Democrat, carrying on the legacy of his grandfather, Bobby Kennedy.
He has actively fought for children’s rights.
He wears this mantle well, except for issues regarding Israel/Palestine.
We have called his office, we have emailed, we have sent postcards and we have met with him. It is now time to step up our pressure to hold him accountable and to do the right thing.
*Please spread the word*
*Bring a friend*
Mark Golden/Jill Charney, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston
MA Peace Action
Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine