The United Nations General Assembly on Friday approved a resolution asking the International Court of Justice to look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel’s “annexation” and the “legal status of the occupation.”
The resolution, entitled “Israeli Practices and Settlement Activities Affecting the Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs in the Occupied Territories,” demands the opinion of the International Court of Justice “urgently” in the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli “annexation.” .
- And calls for the International Court of Justice, based in The Hague, “to issue an urgent advisory opinion on the long-term Israeli occupation, settlement and annexation of Palestinian lands.”
- It calls for an investigation into Israeli actions aimed at “altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem”.
- It states that Israel “has adopted discriminatory laws and measures.”
- It invites the Court to consider the dispute in accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
The United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of the measure by 87 votes in favour, 26 no, and 53 abstentions.
- Among other countries, Israel, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Italy, Germany, Hungary and the United States voted against the resolution.
- They voted yes: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, China, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Morocco all
- These include: France, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
The votes against the resolution and abstentions amounted to 79, meaning less support than usual for an anti-Israel measure in the General Assembly.
Some members of the 193-nation parliament, including Ukraine, did not vote. Kyiv’s support in November for the resolution in the United Nations Special Political Affairs and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) Diplomatic dispute between Ukraine and Israel.
Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, condemned the committee’s decision, describing it as a “moral disgrace” to the world body.
“No international organization can decide that the Jewish people are ‘occupied’ in their country. The decision of any judicial body that takes over its authority from the morally politicized UN is completely illegitimate,” Erdan said in his statement on Friday.