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Palestinians Urge World Court to Halt Israeli Occupation, Citing Decades of Discrimination

The Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, called for an immediate end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories during the commencement of hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Monday. Over 50 states are slated to present arguments until February 26, responding to a 2022 request from the U.N. General Assembly for a non-binding opinion on the legal status of the occupation.

Al-Maliki accused Israel of imposing decades of discrimination and apartheid on Palestinians, a claim rejected by Israel. He emphasized that Palestinians have been left with the grim choice of “displacement, subjugation, or death,” asserting that the only lawful resolution is the prompt, unconditional, and complete cessation of the illegal occupation.

The ICJ’s 15-judge panel is tasked with reviewing aspects such as “occupation, settlement, and annexation,” including measures altering the demographic composition of Jerusalem. The opinion, expected in approximately six months, will also delve into the legal status of the occupation and its repercussions.

Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem in 1967, territories that Palestinians seek for a state. The subsequent establishment and expansion of settlements in the West Bank have been a contentious issue. Israeli leaders argue against the formal occupation status, contending that the territories were acquired from Jordan and Egypt during a war rather than from a sovereign Palestine.


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