ICJ sets July 25 deadline for receiving statements on Israel probe

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AMMAN — The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set July 25 as the deadline for submitting written statements regarding its probe into the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, according to Saraya News.اضافة اعلان

In a press release issued on Wednesday, the court said that “the United Nations and its Member States, as well as the observer State of Palestine, are considered likely to be able to furnish information on the questions submitted to the court for an advisory opinion”.

The court also set a deadline of October 25, 2023 for countries and organizations that have submitted written statements to provide comments on the statements of other countries or organizations, according to the press release.

The Hague-based ICJ, also known as the world court, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and the prime mediator of disputes between countries. Its rulings and advisory opinions serve as the basis of international law.

On January 17, the UN General Assembly had requested the court to examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Israeli settlement and annexation of the Palestinian Territories,  and the legal status of the occupation given its policies and practices.

Israeli reactionAccording to the Times of Israel, occupation leaders have been extremely critical of the world court probe.

After the UN General Assembly voted on December 30 to seek an advisory opinion from the ICJ regarding Israeli actions, Israel officially denounced the General Assembly resolution, with the Israeli envoy to the UN Gilad Erdan calling the vote a “moral stain” on the world body.

Erdan argued at the time that the vote delegitimized and demonized Israel.

Following the vote, Israel announced plans to sanction the Palestinian Authority. Sanctions included withholding tax exemptions, freezing building plans in Area C, penalizing Palestinian officials, and taking steps against non-government groups the PA holds. 

In response, the PA strongly condemned Israel's “punitive measures” and said they would not stop Palestinians from continuing their diplomatic efforts in the international arena.

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