RAMALLAH, Palestine (AA) – Palestine has welcomed a response by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to a request it made to issue an advisory opinion on the legality of the Israeli occupation and its impact on the Palestinian people.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said it received an official letter from the ICJ Registrar, Philippe Gautier, informing Ramallah that it had “officially received the referral of United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. (247/77) requesting an advisory opinion from ICJ “on the nature of the Israeli occupation.
The ministry called on all countries to submit their “legal depositions” to the ICJ on the legality of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian land.
The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on December 31 seeking the ICJ’s opinion on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.
On January 6, Israel announced a package of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority, including the deduction of millions of dollars from its tax earnings and revoking VIP cards of some government officials.