Palestinian Community Sets Conditions On Support For Presidential Candidate

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Above photo: Palestinians and anti-zionist Orthodox Jews protest against Israeli annexation plan, on 3 July 2020 in North Bergen Township, New Jersey, United States. By Tayfun Coşkun for Anadolu Agency.

Members of the Palestinian community in the United States have issued a declaration of principles that included a set of preconditions to support federal candidates in the presidential elections later this year.

The document, signed by Palestinian cultural, political, social and academic figures, included 13 preconditions namely recognizing the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination as an inalienable right as well as the need for the Israeli occupation to immediately and unconditionally end and the refugees’ right to return to their homes in accordance with UN Resolution 194.

The Declaration considered the activities carried out by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as a legitimate right in full harmony with the First Amendment of the American Constitution.

It went on to call for the immediate lifting of the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip while adding that the Nation-State Law, which was passed in 2018 and which limits the right to self-determination in Israel to Jews, is a racist.

The declaration called on the United States to reject Israel’s attempt to annex large swathes of the occupied Palestinian territories which was due to be instigated on 1 July but were postponed.