On May 5, Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4th) introduced the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (HR 3103).As stated in Rep. McCollum’s press release, HR 3103 “prohibits U.S. taxpayer funding to the Government of Israel from being used for 1) the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; 2) supporting the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; and, 3) any support or assistance for Israel's unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory in violation of international humanitarian law. The Secretary of State is required to certify annually to Congress that foreign aid to Israel does not violate any of the outlined prohibited uses. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to submit an annual report to Congress detailing the expenditure of U.S. taxpayer funds by Israel for ‘off-shore procurement’ and compliance with Congressionally mandated requirements. The goal of this provision is transparency and accountability for the expenditure of U.S. foreign aid, as we do with all countries.”The bill includes several findings, such as:
This legislation follows previous legislation introduced in the 115th, 116th and 117th congresses by Rep. McCollum and others (HR 4391, HR 2407 and HR 2590 respectively).
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