Influencers urge Biden
More than 680 worldwide experts and influencers from science, academia, civil society, faith, and other sectors have encouraged US President Joe Biden to keep his promises to preserve Palestinian human rights.
The group urged US President Barack Obama to put "human rights at the forefront of US foreign policy" in an open letter published on Thursday.
Among the signatories are Palestinian non-governmental organizations, Christian Aid, former Irish President Mary Robinson, Israeli professor Ilan Pappe, US academic Noam Chomsky, Israel's former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair, and former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg.
The letter comes after Israel's new coalition government, led by far-right Prime Minister Naftali Bennet, was sworn in last week, as well as a pledge from G7 countries to "harness the power of democracy, freedom, equality, the rule of law, and respect for human rights to answer the most pressing questions and overcome the greatest challenges."
75 organizations and individuals urged Biden to ensure "accountability for Israeli authorities who violate Palestinian rights," apply "concerted diplomatic pressure" on Israel to end its "ever-expanding discrimination and oppression" of Palestinians, and end Washington's policy of maintaining a "political status quo devoid of justice and accountability."
"Your administration has pledged to a foreign policy "focused on the support of democracy and the safeguarding of human rights,"" the open letter continues. "I believe Palestinians and Israelis alike ought to live peacefully and securely, and to enjoy equal proportions of freedom, prosperity, and democracy," you said recently.
"The forced eviction of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, including families in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, as well as aggressive Israeli actions against peaceful protesters and worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, are the latest evidence of a separate and unequal governing system," the letter continues.
"These policies shred the social fabric of communities and sabotage any progress toward a democratic, just, and peaceful future," the report concludes. The rationale that drives them has resulted in the relocation of 72,000 Palestinians in Gaza, who must also face a 14-year blockade that has generated a humanitarian disaster."
"Going forward, the United States must address the core causes of violence, which have been ignored by successive administrations." Your government must use concerted diplomatic pressure to help eliminate the growing discrimination and structural oppression of Palestinians, as well as hold Israeli authorities accountable for violations of Palestinian rights."