Opening statement of the ICJ hearing on the request for an advisory opinion on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.
Today, the Israeli Prime Minister announced that he has commanded the Israeli occupying forces to “evacuate the population” in Rafah and to destroy the “battalions” that Israel claims are present there. The manifestation of these dangerous threats is upon us as, undeterred, Israel pushes forward with its criminal plans to once again force the Palestinian people out of their land.
The Palestinian Presidency vehemently expresses its rejection and condemnation of the statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding plans to extend the ground Israeli onslaught to the overcrowded province of Rafah, in the farthest south of the Gaza Strip.
The landmark ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) offers the first concrete hope to protect civilians in Gaza enduring apocalyptic humanitarian conditions, destruction, mass killing, wounding and irreparable trauma, UN experts said today.
In response to the Australian government's deeply disappointing and regrettable decision to pause disbursement of recent funding to UNRWA, which will have dire implications for over 5.9 million Palestinian refugees across the region and especially in the Gaza Strip, where over 2 million desperate, besieged, and starving people are dependent on UNRWA’s humanitarian work for their very survival.
The State of Palestine expresses its shock and dismay at the punitive measures announced in recent days by several States against UNRWA. These harmful decisions come not only in a time of unprecedented crisis for Palestine refugees, but in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe being suffered by all the Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, for whom UNRWA has literally been the only lifeline.
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh today called on the countries that announced their temporary freeze of new financial assistance for UNRWA, the primary provider of humanitarian assistance to people in Gaza, to reverse their decision.
The State of Palestine welcomes the provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice today. States now have clear legal obligations to stop Israel’s genocidal war on the Palestinian people in Gaza and to make sure that they are not complicit.
The State of Palestine rejects and condemns the latest statements made by Israel's Prime Minister pledging to continue the genocidal war in defiance of both the international community and the role of the International Court of Justice.
In the wake of a hundred days marked by relentless killings, destruction, and despair, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu refuses to halt the war on Gaza. Facing charges of genocide by the International Court of Justice, Netanyahu defiantly declares, "No one will stop us, neither The Hague nor anyone else."