The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on Saturday seeking advice from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legal consequences of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. Anadolu reports.
The resolution was supported by 87 member countries of the UN General Assembly against 26 with 53 abstentions.
The resolution calls on the International Court of Justice to determine the “legal consequences arising from Israel’s continued violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” as well as its measures “aimed at changing the demographic composition, the character and status” of the holy city of Jerusalem.
It also calls on the UN Secretary-General to submit a report on the implementation of the resolution to the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly in September 2023.
The Palestinian representative to the UN, Riyad Mansour, praised the countries “undeterred by threats and pressure” and voted in favor of the resolution.
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“This vote comes one day after the formation of the new Israeli government that pledged to accelerate colonial and racist policies against the Palestinian people,” Mansour said.
The UNGA resolution was welcomed by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA).
“The time has come for Israel to be a state subject to the law and held accountable for its continued crimes against our people,” PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.
According to the Israeli Peace Now NGO, about 666,000 settlers live in 145 settlements and 140 random outposts (without Israeli government permits) in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Under international law, all Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are considered illegal.
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