As a partner of the No Way To Treat A Child Campaign led by DCI-Palestine and AFSC, Jewish Voice for Peace is organizing a letter from Jewish leaders in support of legislation recently introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN).

The “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407) would prohibit any of the $3.8 billion in military aid the U.S. grants annually to Israel from being used to support the mistreatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention.

Over 100 Jewish activists, artists, rabbis, writers and other leaders have already signed on to our letter to say that Palestinian children, like all children, should never experience military detention and torture. Join them and say clearly: no kids in cages, anywhere. Not in our name, and not with our tax dollars.


Not Jewish and/or want to take more action? Contact your member of congress directly.


We are Jewish faith, organizational, and community leaders outraged and heartbroken about the State of Israel’s systematic mistreatment of Palestinian children.

Since the year 2000, an estimated 10,000 Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 17 have been detained, prosecuted and incarcerated by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank. Often dragged from their homes in the middle of the night by armed soldiers, they suffer physical and emotional violence and frequently face verbal abuse, humiliation and/or intimidation. These children are interrogated without family or lawyers present, in an effort to generate forced confessions justifying their detention for months on end — often in solitary confinement.

This is unacceptable.

We, the undersigned, hold a range of political perspectives; we are multiracial, multigenerational, religious and secular, come from different class backgrounds, and hold multiple genders and sexualities. What unites us is that we are all compelled, as Jews, to speak out against injustice — especially when it is committed in our name.

We call on members of Congress to cosponsor legislation recently introduced by Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN), the “Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act” (H.R. 2407). This legislation prohibits any of the $3.8 billion in military aid the U.S. grants annually to Israel from being used to support the mistreatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. It poses a clear question to Congress: if you oppose widespread physical violence, forced confessions, denial of due process and other abuses Israeli forces inflict on Palestinian children, what are you willing to do about it?

Judaism recognizes that the wellbeing of society as a whole is determined by our treatment of children, and that all human beings are made in divine image. From the US to Israel/Palestine, we will not abide the brutalization and caging of children.


Signatures will be updated periodically. All organizational affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.

Rabbi Leora Abelson, Congregation Agudas Achim, Attleboro, MA
Karen Ackerman, Former Political Director, AFL-CIO
Eva Ackerman, Open Hillel
Udi Aloni, Israeli filmmaker, artist and author
Professor Rebecca Alpert, Temple University
Rabbi Alana Alpert, Congregation T’chiyah
Anita Altman
Bettina Aptheker, Political activist, feminist scholar, professor and author
Anna Baltzer, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Ady Barkan, Center for Popular Democracy
Rabbi David Basior, Kadima Reconstructionist Community
Rabbi Haim Beliak
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Rabbi Joseph Berman, The New Synagogue Project
Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein
Danny Bryck
Professor Rachel Ida Buff, UW-Milwaukee
Elly Bulkin, Jews Against Anti-Muslin Racism (JAAMR)
Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley
Michael Chabon
Estee Chandler, Producer/Host, Middle East in Focus, KPFK
Professor Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona
Molly Crabapple, Artist and author
Rabbi Meryl Crean, Jewish Voice for Peace
Rabbi Michael Davis, Congregation Makom Shalom, Chicago
Eli DeWitt, Rabbinical Student
Professor Hasia Diner, New York University
Lauren Dollar, Juvenile Public Defender
Eran Efrati, Director, Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA)
Ben Ehrenreich, Author
Sophie Ellman-Golan
Eve Ensler
Rabbi Michael Feinberg
Lauren Fine, Lawyer
Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
Jeff Furman, Former Chairman of the Board, Ben & Jerry’s
Myra Glassman, Vice President, SEIU Healthcare IL & IN
Rabbi Shai Gluskin
Ariel Gold, CODEPINK
Rabbi Borukh Goldberg
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Shomeret Shalom Global Congregation
Russell Greene, Progressive Democrats of America
Miriam Grossman, Rabbinical Student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Lara Haft, Rabbinical Student
Beth Harris, Former Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Ithaca College
Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Tikkun Olam Chavurah
Dr. Bill Honigman, Progressive Democrats of America
Adam Jacobs, Community leader & Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, Designer, activist, and organizer
Professor Carolyn Karcher, JVP-DC Metro, Editor of Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism
MJ Kaufman, Playwright and TV writer
Annie Kaufman, Talmud teacher, Jewish Educator, Talis and Torah Mantel artisan
Lonnie Kleinman, Rabbinical Student
Gil Kulick
Martin Levine, Former CEO, JCC Chicago
Aurora Levins-Morales, Writer
David Mandel, Elected member, California Democratic Party Central Committee; Board member, National Lawyers Guild, Sacramento Chapter
Emily Mayer, IfNotNow
Rela Mazali, Author, independent scholar, activist in Israel
Robert Meeropol, Founder, Rosenberg Fund for Children
Professor Jodi Melamed, Marquette University
Alan Minsky, Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Mark Mishler, Civil rights attorney and member of Jewish Voice for Peace
Rabbi David Mivasair, Ahavat Olam Synagogue, State College, PA
Seth Morrison, Former JNF-DC Board Member
Leah Muskin-Pierret, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Donna Nevel, Jews Say No!
Rabbi Dev Noily, Kehilla Community Synagogue
Sandy Pasch, Former State Legislator, Wisconsin
Rabbi Salem Pearce
Kathleen Peratis, Lawyer
Eve Peyser, Writer
Rebecca Pierce
Rabbi Lucia Pizarro, Jewish Liberation Theology Institute
Jackson Potter, Trustee Chicago Teachers Union
Professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Theoretical Physicist and Feminist Theorist
Professor Corey Robin, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg
Rabbi Ken Rosenstein
Dr. Penny Rosenwasser, Author, “Hope into Practice, Jewish women choosing justice despite our fears”
Dr. Alice Rothchild, Physician, author, and filmmaker
Deborah Sanger
Audrey Sasson
Miriam Savad
Professor James Schamus, Columbia University
Maya Schenwar, Truthout
Rory Schonning, Rabbinical Student
Professor Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor, City University of New York
Rafael Shimunov, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Franny Silverman, Jewish professional, artist and lay leader
Paul Alan Smith, Business Owner
Keren Soffer-Sharon
Norman Solomon, Roots Action
Professor Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law
Jessie Spector, Former Executive Director, Resource Generation
Cecilie Surasky, Nonprofit Strategy Consultant
Jimmy Tarlau, Former Maryland State Delegate
Professor Barry Trachtenberg, Wake Forest University
Eli Valley, Artist
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace
Ayelet Waldman
Rabbi Brian Walt
Lesley Williams, Coordinating Committee, JVP – Chicago
Marcy Winograd, Co-Founder, Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party
May Ye, Rabbinical student
Dorothy M. Zellner, Freedom Summer Veteran
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, Congregation Shaarei Shamayim
Dave Zirin, Sports Editor, The Nation


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