Jennifer Bing

How We Moved Congress to Action on Abuse of Palestinian Children in Military Detention

Imagine you are a child between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. The army comes to your home in the middle of the night, wakes you from your bed, blindfolds you and ties your hands with plastic cuffs.

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The US First Invaded Iraq 25 Years Ago - and America's Still Coming to Grips with What a Disaster It Has Been

Last week’s little noticed quarter-century anniversary of the first U.S. war against Iraq, often called the Persian Gulf War, prompted us to reflect on the impact of U.S. foreign policy and our continuing need to challenge militarism and find alternatives to war. From our television sets in Chicago 25 years ago we watched in horror as U.S. bombs lit up the sky in Baghdad. The “Desert Storm” we had tried so hard to prevent was now raining down death on the new American enemy.

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Inside Israel's Kangaroo Courts, Where Children are Held and Sentenced

I have often felt that the worst aspect of Israel’s prolonged military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip is how official procedures strip people of their dignity. Oppressive processes have become so routine that people just expect them. People tell me “This is our life” when I express outrage at the system of Israeli military checkpoints, permit and military courts lacking fundamental due process protections. Israel’s Ofer military court provides a singular vantage point from which to observe the human impact of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories.

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