Legislation about Israel and Human Rights and its Associated Commentary are off the Mark

A Rebuke to Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Alan Dershowitz

Two wrongs do not make a right. Alan Dershowitz recently wrote Ten congressional Democrats want lenient treatment for young terrorists who murder Israelis, criticizing Congresswoman McCollum’s “Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.” Dershowitz’s piece is problematic in a number of regards, but so is McCollum’s legislation.

Alan Dershowitz
Congresswoman Betty McCollum
  1. Since the aforementioned practices are illegitimate and contrary to American values, should we not just exclude US foreign aid from funding them in all contexts?
  2. Why single out Israel? According to McCollum’s bill, Israel detains no more than 700 Palestinian minors in a given year, which is in no way an outlier amongst the numerous countries, from Australia to Egypt cited for juvenile detention practices in this Human Rights Watch report.

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