The State of Palestine rejects and condemns the latest statements made by Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, pledging to continue the genocidal war in defiance of both the international community and the role of the International Court of Justice. The same objectionable sentiment was also echoed by other officials, including Israel's representative to the UN, Gilad Erdan, who called for the UN to be put on trial before the Court.
States that have enabled, encouraged, and participated in Israel's genocide are also complicit in these attacks against the Court and its officials. Their politicized and polarizing positions also take aim at the legitimate right of States to resort to the Court and reflect an unacceptable double standard that betrays the principles and purpose of the UN Charter.
In contrast, the State of Palestine salutes the principled positions and solidarity of many States, organizations, and millions of people around the world. They have shown moral consistency and true dedication to the universality of international law and the institutions charged with its protection, including the International Court of Justice.
We are at a crossroads requiring political courage. We have a responsibility to reject and stop the selective application of international law, which will result in its irrelevance. The world is watching.