United Nations
Security and countering violence

Hours after the inauguration of Benyamin Netanyahu’s far-right government, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to address the issue of the Israeli occupation in Palestine.

Adopted with 87 votes in favour, 26 against and 53 abstentions, the new resolution urges the court in The Hague to determine “the legal consequences of Israel’s continuing violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” as well as its measures “aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem.”

The Palestinian representative of the UN, Riyad Mansour, said in this context that the vote sends a signal to the new government about its willingness to reinforce “colonial and racist” policies. He also praised those states that were“undeterred by threats and pressure.”