UN asks the World Court to comment on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory

UN asks the World Court to comment on Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory

The Hague-based ICJ is the United Nations’ flagship court for disputes between states. (Represent)

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The 193-member United Nations General Assembly on Friday asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to comment on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem – areas where the Palestinians wanted a state – during the 1967 war. It withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but, along with neighboring Egypt, controls border control of this land.

The Hague-based ICJ, also known as the World Court, is the United Nations’ flagship court for settling disputes between nations. Its rulings are binding, although the ICJ has no power to enforce them.

The request for the court’s opinion on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories was made in a resolution passed by the General Assembly by 87 votes. Israel, the United States and 24 other members voted against, while 53 abstained.

“No international organization can decide that the Jews are ‘occupiers’ of their own homeland. Any decision from a judicial body mandated by the United Nations is undermined. morally property and politicized is completely illegal,” Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan said in a statement. before the vote.

Former Prime Minister Yair Lapid of Israel – who was replaced on Thursday by Benjamin Netanyahu – last month called on world leaders to oppose the move, saying taking the matter to court would “only fall”. into the hands of extremists.”

The Islamist group Hamas took over Gaza in 2007 after a brief civil war with more moderate Palestinian rivals. Hamas and Israel have since fought three wars in Gaza.

The United Nations General Assembly asked the ICJ to provide an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of “occupation, settlement and annexation… legislation and related discriminatory measures. .”

The UN resolution also requires the ICJ to advise on how such policies and practices “affect the legal status of the profession” and what legal consequences arise for all States and the Union. United Nations from this situation.

The last time the ICJ considered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was in 2004, when the ICJ ruled that the Israeli barrier was unreasonable.

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