Malak Abdallahi, a high school senior in Texas, was allowed to carry the Palestinian flag at her graduation ceremony last month, according to the pro-Palestinian web site The Electronic Intifada.
But not before she fought to overcome opposition by administrators at Fossil Ridge High School. Opposition she knew was coming because her sister was denied the same opportunity a few years earlier.
Abdallahi was encouraged by a teacher to resist the decision and was reminded that she deserved the opportunity to carry her country’s flag, as the report noted.
The only problem here is that, aside from a few teachers in Texas, the United States does not recognize Palestine as a state, nor does the U.S. government define its relations with it as fully diplomatic.