Turkey at the ICJ: Examining Israel's impact in occupied territories
Turkey, along with 52 other countries and three international organizations, will present oral statements at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the legal consequences of Israel's actions in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The hearings, scheduled for February 19-26, aim to examine Israel's policies and practices in these areas, including East Jerusalem.
Responding to a UN General Assembly request, the ICJ will issue an advisory opinion on Israel's activities' implications. Although not legally binding, the proceedings at The Hague's Peace Palace demonstrate significant global involvement, with a diverse range of states and entities offering both written and oral contributions.
The court's docket includes assessing the legal effects of Israel's ongoing violation of Palestinian rights to self-determination, its occupation, settlement, and annexation efforts since 1967, and legislative actions affecting Jerusalem's demographic structure and status.
While not settling disputes directly, the ICJ's advisory opinions enrich international legal discussions. In 2004, the court found Israel's barrier in the occupied Palestinian territories contravened international law.
In a related case, South Africa has brought a genocide claim against Israel to the ICJ, underlining the severe humanitarian situation in Gaza. The court has urged Israel to ensure the delivery of essential humanitarian aid and services in Gaza, marking a pivotal moment in international legal efforts amidst the persistent conflict in the region.