UN General Assembly asks International Court of Justice to review Israeli occupation

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to look into the question of the israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, the day after the investiture of the government the far right in Israel’s history.

The resolution was adopted with 87 votes in favour, 26 against, and 53 abstentions, with Western states split on the issue while Arab countries voted unanimously in favour, including those that had normalized relations with Israel, and China and Russia also voted in favour.

A signal to the new government

The text urges the UN court based in The Hague, Netherlands, to determine “the legal consequences of Israel’s continued violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination“, as well as its measures “aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem“.

Palestinian UN representative Riyad Mansour says the vote sends a signal to the prime minister’s new government Binyamin Netanyahu about its desire to strengthen policies “colonial and racistand hailed the states that did not let each other “deter by threats and pressure“.

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End the settlements

Ahead of the vote, Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan called the resolution “moral stain on the UN“. “No international organization can decide whether the Jewish people are occupiers in their own native land.“, he added. “Any decision of a judicial organization that receives its mandate from a politicized and morally bankrupt United Nations is completely illegitimate.“, he also said.

The resolution also calls on Israel to end the settlements, but the General Assembly does not have binding powers, unlike the Security Council where the United States, allies of Israel, have a right of veto.

The US, UK, and Germany opposed the resolution and France abstained. “We do not believe that a referral to the International Court of Justice helps to bring the stakeholders back to a dialoguesaid British diplomat Thomas Phipps.

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