International Justice: Egypt pleads about Israel’s crimes

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The head of the Egyptian Information Service, Diaa Rashwan, announced on Sunday that Cairo had submitted a memorandum to the International Court of Justice.

This is regarding Israel’s crimes in Palestine, and she will plead before the court next Wednesday, February 21.

This came in a statement issued by Rashwan before the court began its headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, to hold hearings on an advisory opinion.

It was requested by the United Nations General Assembly regarding the legal consequences arising from Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Rashwan said, “Egypt will participate in the advisory opinion requested by the United Nations General Assembly from the International Court of Justice (in January 2023).

This is about Israeli policies and practices in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”

He stated that “Egypt submitted a memorandum to the court, and will present an oral argument before it on February 21.”

Rashwan also explained that the memorandum includes “confirming the illegality of the Israeli occupation that has lasted more than 75 years in violation of the principles of international humanitarian law.”

As well as the policies of annexing lands, demolishing homes, expelling, deporting and displacing Palestinians in violation of the peremptory rules of public international law.

Including the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people and the prohibition of seizing land through the use of armed force.

The memorandum also includes “rejection of policies of persecution, racial discrimination, and other Israeli practices.”

Which blatantly violates the principles of international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” according to Rashwan.

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He stated that the memorandum and the expected Egyptian plea call on the court to confirm “Israel’s responsibility for all of these internationally wrongful acts.”

This necessitates Israel’s immediate withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories, including the city of Jerusalem.”

They also demand “compensation of the Palestinian people for the damages they suffered as a result of these internationally illegitimate policies and practices.”

In addition to calling on all countries of the world and the international community not to recognize any legal effect of Israeli measures and to stop providing support to Israel.

The court will hold its sessions between February 19 and 26, and is scheduled to hear briefings from 52 countries, in addition to the African Union, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the League of Arab States.

In a similar advisory opinion, the International Court of Justice ruled in 2004 that the construction of the separation wall in the occupied West Bank was illegal.

Israel demanded its removal from all Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and its suburbs, along with compensation for those affected, but Tel Aviv did not implement what the Palestinian Authority requested.

Since October 7, the Israeli army has been waging a devastating war on Gaza that, as of Sunday, left “28,985 martyrs and 68,883 injured.”

Most of them are children and women, in addition to thousands of people missing under the rubble, according to the Palestinian authorities.