Congressional Briefing, Interfaith Vigil and Film Premiere scheduled June 1-3

No Way to Treat a Child is planning three days of advocacy focusing on Palestinian Children in Israeli military detention, Monday, June 1, noon – Interfaith Vigil: U.S. Capitol Upper Senate Park, 200 New Jersey Ave NW; Tuesday, June 2, 9:30 am – Congressional Briefing:  Capitol Hill Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room North; and, Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 pm – Film Premiere: Busboys and Poets, 5th & K street location, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC.Every year, more than 700 Palestinian children as young as twelve-years old are taken from their families, brought to an undisclosed location, harshly interrogated and imprisoned by the Israeli military on the suspicion of throwing stones.

On June 1, at noon, an Interfaith Vigil marking the International Day for the Protection of the Child kicks off three days of DC advocacy focusing on the issue of Palestinian children in Israeli military prison.

“The detention of Palestinian minors by Israel raises serious concerns that serve as a call to action for those who feel a responsibility to care for the most weak and vulnerable members of society,” said Rabbi Brant Rosen of the American Friends Service Committee.

Vigil presenters include – Rev. Graylan S. Hagler, African-American activist, writer and Senior Pastor, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Washington, DC, Dr. Mai Abdul Rahman, Palestinian-American writer, organizer, educator and board member of the Muslim Women’s Association, Wardah Khalid, Scoville Fellow in Middle East policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund (FCNL) and Rabbi Brant Rosen, American rabbi, journalist, author and blogger, Midwest Regional Director of the American Friends Service Committee.

On June 2, at 9:30 am, a Congressional Briefing sponsored by US Rep Keith Ellison, will focus on this little known aspect of the Israeli occupation that illustrates the trauma experienced by Palestinian children, their families and their communities.

The briefing will feature testimony from Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian American teenager who was arrested and brutally beaten by Israeli police in the summer of 2014. Representative Ellison will give the opening remarks and Rabbi Brant Rosen of the American Friends Service Committee, Joe Stork of Human Rights Watch and Bradley Parker of Defense for Children International Palestine will also be testifying.

“Many of these children are arrested in the middle of the night, and then subjected to a harrowing sequence of events, all without their parents knowing where they are or why they’ve been taken,” said Bradley Parker, attorney with Defense for Children International Palestine.

On June 2, at 7:00 pm, the public and the press are invited to attend the world premiere of “Detaining Dreams,” an intimate new documentary featuring the stories of Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.

The film’s producer Amr Kawji will join a program that includes appearances by Tariq Abu Khdeir, Suha Abu Khdeir, as well as Joyce and John Cassel, American Friends Service Committee volunteers, and Bradley Parker of Defense for Children International Palestine.

These events are organized by Defense for Children International Palestine, American Friends Service Committee, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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