More than 680 global sector leaders called on President Biden to fulfill his promises and protect the human rights of Palestinians.
Dear President Biden,
We, the following signature alliance of global leaders-from civil society to commercial, artistic and faith communities, politics and Nobel Prize winners-call on American leaders to take action to help end Israel’s institutionalized rule and oppression of the Palestinian people , And protect their basic human rights. If the US policy insists on the political status quo that lacks justice and accountability, a sustainable and just peace will still be difficult to achieve for all.
Your government promises to pursue a foreign policy “centered on the defense of democracy and the protection of human rights.” Recently, you said: “I believe that Palestinians and Israelis should also live safely and securely, and enjoy equal freedom, prosperity and democracy.” For the Palestinians, the distance between these remarks and their daily lives could not be greater.
Even after the official ceasefire, violence against Palestinians by Israeli police and settlers continued. The Palestinians were forcibly deprived of property in the occupied West Bank, including families living in the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, as well as the Israeli army’s aggressive actions against peaceful protesters and worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. An unequal governance system. These policies undermine the social structure of the community and undermine any progress towards a democratic, just and peaceful future. The logic that pushed them led to the recent displacement of 72,000 Palestinians in Gaza, and they must also survive the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by the 14-year blockade.
Looking to the future, the United States must address the root causes of violence that successive administrations have ignored. Your government must exert coordinated diplomatic pressure to help end growing discrimination and systemic oppression and ensure accountability to Israeli authorities that violate Palestinian rights.
Only by consistently implementing a rights-centered foreign policy can it be shown to Israeli leaders that violations of international law will no longer be held accountable. Mr. President, it is time to set a new benchmark in US foreign policy, which is fair-oriented and pave the way for lasting peace.
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Kumi Naidoo, the global ambassador for the rise of Africans for justice, peace and dignity, and former international executive director of Greenpeace International
And 680 global leaders from 75 countries.
The complete list of signatories can be found Here.