A coalition of more than 300 Palestinian, Arab, and international academics has penned an open letter to the Biden administration, appealing for the acknowledgment and protection of fundamental Palestinian rights. The letter refers to the recent address by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations General Assembly, where he outlined key rights that deserve global recognition.
The academics specifically called for the recognition of the State of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations, condemnation of the denial of Nakba Day (the "Day of Catastrophe"), respect for Palestinians' right to self-determination, and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, along with condemnation of crimes of apartheid.
The letter urges the Biden administration to align its policies with these principles across various domains. It underscores the importance of addressing key issues crucial to Palestinian rights and advocates for a stance that promotes justice and equality.
Notably, the Biden administration has expressed its disapproval of certain policies from the Israeli government, including settlement growth in the occupied West Bank and a judicial overhaul plan. While the U.S. has voiced frustration with these developments, the open letter emphasizes the need for a more comprehensive approach that actively supports the rights and aspirations of the Palestinian people.