ICJ starts hearings on Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, West Bank

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THE HAGUE — The International Court of Justice (ICJ)  began hearings on the UN General Assembly’s request for an advisory opinion on “the legal consequences arising from the ongoing violation by Israel of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, from its prolonged occupation, settlement and annexation of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967.”اضافة اعلان

The Palestinian Authority, which lobbied for the UN General Assembly to request the advisory opinion, seeks a ruling by the court that Israel’s 56-year-long rule in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is illegal.

Since the proceedings stem from a UNGA request for an advisory opinion, any decision the ICJ issues will be non-binding and have little practical effect on the ground.

Palestinian Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad Al-Maliki is expected to open the presentation by Palestinian representatives at the International Court of Justice that is scheduled to for six days.

Israel does not accept the court’s jurisdiction over these issues and has not sent a delegation to The Hague to provide counterarguments.

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