At the request of the State of Palestine: “International Justice” begins public hearings on the legal consequences arising from the occupation

Ramallah (UNA/WAFA) - Today, Monday, the International Court of Justice in The Hague began public hearings on the legal consequences arising from Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.

Today's hearings come in the context of the United Nations General Assembly's request to obtain an advisory opinion from International Justice on the effects of the Israeli occupation that has continued for more than 57 years, and will continue for six days between 19 and 26 February.

On November 2022, XNUMX, the Fourth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, the Special Committee on Political Issues and Decolonization, adopted a draft resolution submitted by the State of Palestine to request a legal advisory opinion and advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice, on the nature of the existence of the Israeli colonial occupation. In the territory of the State of Palestine, including Jerusalem.

During the sessions, the court is scheduled to hear briefings from 52 countries - an unprecedented number in the history of the court - in addition to the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the League of Arab States..

This is the second time that the United Nations General Assembly has asked the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, to issue an advisory opinion relating to the occupied Palestinian territory..

In July 2004, the General Assembly requested a legal advisory opinion on Israeli actions in the territory occupied in December 2003 regarding the construction of the apartheid wall in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. A few months later, in July 2004, the court found that construction of the wall contravened international law and must stop, and that the parts built must be dismantled..

Although the advisory opinions issued by the International Court of Justice are non-binding, they carry significant moral and legal authority, and may eventually become part of the norms of international law, and are legally binding on states..

Israel was among 57 countries and international organizations that submitted written statements to the court by the deadline it set on July 25, 2023, and decided not to participate in the oral hearings..

It is noteworthy that the International Court of Justice is the main judicial body of the United Nations, and it consists of 15 judges elected for a nine-year term by the General Assembly and the UN Security Council..

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