The International Court of Justice ICJ announced on Friday, January 20, that it has received the United Nations General Assembly’s request for giving an opinion on the Israeli occupation in Palestine.
In a press release, the ICJ confirmed that it has received the request to give an advisory opinion on the consequences of Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The press release pointed out that it has registered the request, transferred by Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Thursday, January 19.
“The ICJ is expected to draw up a list of states and organizations that will be able to file written statements, but the press release gave no further information about a timeline for that process,” Reuters reported.
Last month, the UN’s Secretary-General asked the ICJ to give an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of the Israeli occupation, settlement, and annexation.
The UN officially adopted the decision despite multiple political pressures exerted by Israel. 87 countries voted in favor of this resolution, 26 countries opposed it, and 53 countries abstained.
Welcomed by Palestinians, the resolution asked the ICJ to advise on how Israeli practices affect the human rights of Palestinian people in occupied Palestine, including east Jerusalem.
On the other hand, Israel criticized the request. The new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a ‘despicable decision.’