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Defending Children's Human Rights in Palestine

When: Friday, May 24, 2019, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Meet Farah Bayadsi, Palestinian Human Rights Lawyer for Defense of Children International - Palestine


An estimated 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli security forces and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system since 2000. Independent monitors such as Human Rights Watch have documented that these children are subject to abuse and, in some cases, torture — specifically citing the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children between the ages of 11 and 15. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) found that Palestinian children are frequently held for extended periods without access to either their parents or attorneys. The United States Department of State and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child have also raised serious concerns about the mistreatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody.
As an amendment to the Leahy Law (fundamental U.S. human rights legislation to prevent U.S. complicity in human rights atrocities), H.R. 2407 creates an accountability mechanism to prohibit U.S. funds from being used for the “military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment” of children anywhere. It also authorizes the appropriation of funds to monitor human rights abuses and to provide physical, psychological, and emotional rehabilitation to Palestinian child victims of Israel’s military detention system.
Israel is the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes 500-700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights. According to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP), Israel has, since 2012, held more than 200 Palestinian children on average in military detention at any given time.
This bill aligns US policy with our shared values of equality, freedom, and justice for all people and across all issues. Those values mean we support dismantling structural injustices and inequalities, and protecting all children from harm—especially the brown and Black children, from the US to Palestine, that are the most vulnerable to structural violence.






Farah Bayadsi represents children facing unlawful detention, physical abuse and psychological trauma in the Israeli military court system. She will describe her experiences and address the importance of support for H.R. 2407, a bill recently introduced in Congress. The proposed legislation bars U.S. taxpayer funding for the military detention of children by any country, including Israel. An Israeli citizen fluent in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Farah is an experienced advocate for justice, equality and human rights for Palestinian children subject to Israel’s current system of military juvenile detention.

Co-Sponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston (JVP), UU’s for Justice in the Middle East(UUJME MA), Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA), Dorchester People for Peace, GRALTA Foundation, Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine, United for Justice with Peace, Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine


All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.

Small elevator, wheelchair accessible.

CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops.
On Street Parking and at Back Bay Parking Garage, 199 Clarendon Street.
Discount Vouchers available for parking in the garage.

Community Church of Boston is located at
565 Boylston Street, 2nd fl., Boston, MA 02116 or email us at

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