Monday, August 24, 2015

MUST READ: Rep. McCollum's Letter on #Justice4Nadeem

Take Action: Tell Congress to Support Justice for Nadeem Nawarah, Mohammad Abu Daher

Me, Siam Nawarah, Brad Parker of Defense for Children International Palestine, lobbying for #Justice4Nadeem on Capitol Hill.
I began my career on Capitol Hill more than 15 years ago and I’ve been watching Congressional politics around Israel and the Palestinians closely ever since.

In all that time, I don’t remember a statement in support of Palestinian rights as forceful as this letter sent last week by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) to the State Department.

In it, McCollum expresses concern about Israel’s killing of two Palestinian children—Nadeem Nawarah and Mohammad Abu Daher—during Nakba Day protests last year.

“As these killings exemplify, Israel’s treatment of Palestinian youth in the Occupied West Bank is unacceptable and must not be tolerated by the U.S. or the international community,” McCollum wrote. “The murders of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Daher only highlight a brutal system of occupation that devalues and dehumanizes Palestinian children.  It is time for a strong and unequivocal statement of U.S. commitment to the human rights for Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation.”

McCollum also called on the State Department to investigate whether the38th Company of the Israeli Border Police—the unit which killed Nadeem and Mohammad—violated the “Leahy Law” and to sanction the unit and individuals involved if so.


Please take a few minutes today to take these actions:

Call and write your Members of Congress and ask them to send a similar letter to the State Department.

Thank Rep. McCollum by calling her office at 202-225-6631. You can also publicly thank her by commenting on her Facebook page and sending her a Tweet.

Tell all your friends about Rep. McCollum’s letter on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more about Nadeem and Mohammad’s case through Defense for Children International Palestine, and “Like” Justice4Nadeem on Facebook and follow Justice4Nadeem on Twitter.

Earlier this month I had the honor and privilege of accompanying Siam Nawarah as he visited the Hill and State Department lobbying for justice for his murdered son. 

Abu Nadeem, as he prefers to be called, is truly an extraordinary person, as profiled in this Electronic Intifada story.  He single-handedly collected all the evidence, including evidence obtained through his excruciating decision to exhume his son’s body and have an autopsy performed, which resulted in the arrest of the Israeli border policeman who killed Nadeem, an extremely rare occurrence. 

Abu Nadeem has sold his car and his business to pursue justice for his son Nadeem, Mohammad Abu Daher, and all Palestinian children subjected to the brutality of Israeli occupation. The least we can do to help him is to take action today.


Josh Ruebner
Policy Director

PS: In June, Rep. McCollum also spearheaded a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry signed by 19 Members of Congress expressing concern about Israel’s policy of detaining Palestinian children and trying them in military courts. If you haven’t yet, please join the No Way to Treat a Child campaign in thanking these Members of Congress.