Brazil Urges International Court to Declare Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories Illegal


In a significant development at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Brazil has formally appealed for the declaration of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories as illegal. The plea, echoing Brazil’s commitment to international law and human rights, comes amidst ongoing tensions in the Middle East region.

At The Hague, Netherlands, Maria Clara de Paula Tusco, Brazil’s representative, urged the ICJ to affirm the illegality of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, citing numerous violations of international law and the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination.

“This appeal reflects Brazil’s unwavering dedication to upholding international law and fostering peaceful resolutions to conflicts,” stated Tusco.

Brazil’s participation in the public hearing at the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN), underscores its commitment to multilateralism and the pursuit of justice. The nation’s engagement aligns with the UN General Assembly’s request for the ICJ’s advisory opinion on the legal consequences arising from Israel’s policies and practices in the occupied Palestinian Territory.

The Brazilian government emphasized the persistent violation of Palestinians’ right to self-determination, stressing the urgent need for action to address ongoing injustices. The establishment of illegal settlements, confiscation of Palestinian lands, and construction of barriers in the occupied territories were among the key concerns raised by Brazil.

Furthermore, Brazil denounced the discriminatory dual legal systems in the occupied West Bank, highlighting the stark contrast between the treatment of Israeli settlers and Palestinians.

In advocating for a resolution to the conflict, Brazil outlined measures aimed at ending the occupation, including the cessation of Israeli occupation and reparations to the Palestinian people. The nation also called for non-recognition of the occupation by any state and urged against actions that would support the occupation of Palestinian territories.

Brazil reiterated its support for a two-state solution, emphasizing the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and economically viable Palestinian state alongside Israel within internationally recognized borders.

Meanwhile, the Israeli government has opted not to participate in the public hearings regarding the occupation of Palestinian territories. In a statement to the ICJ, Israel criticized the resolution triggering the case examination, arguing that it misrepresented the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and undermined peace-building efforts.

The Geneva Council, as an independent news organization committed to providing impartial coverage of global events, will continue to monitor developments at the ICJ and the broader implications for international law and human rights.

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