The International Court of Justice stated that it had “received the request of the United Nations General Assembly to provide an advisory opinion (legal advisory opinion) regarding Israeli practices that affect the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.”
The court stated, “The request was conveyed to it through a letter sent by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, on January 17, and the request was registered last Thursday.”
For its part, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on brotherly and friendly countries to submit their legal pleadings to the International Court of Justice, and their opinion on the legality of the Israeli colonial occupation on the land of the State of Palestine, and its impact on all rights.
And the Foreign Ministry stated, in a statement, that “the path to issuing a legal fatwa on the nature of the Israeli occupation has begun, and this requires concerted national, regional and international efforts to achieve justice.”
She explained that “Palestinian diplomacy is ready to deal with this great challenge, and to implement the instructions of the Palestinian leadership, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, in the course of all means to achieve and protect the rights of our people until the end of the occupation and the achievement of independence,” stressing that it “is following up these procedures with its missions to the United Nations and The Hague.” Technical, up to calling on states to submit written and oral pleadings.
And she confirmed, “receiving an official letter from the Registrar of the International Court of Justice, Philip Gauter, informing the State of Palestine and the countries concerned to appear before the court,” noting that the procedures are proceeding in their normal form, and based on the legal standards for the work of the court, and its rules of procedure must be followed.
The United Nations General Assembly had also adopted, by majority, the draft “Resolution on Israeli practices that affect the human rights of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem,” in its session held on December 30, 2022.