TEHRAN (Iran News) –After years of protests and complaints, the United Nations finally decided to take some action against Israel and this move has stunned many people in the world and they doubt whether this decision is serious and some analysts just see it a show to prove the UN is an independent and justice-seeking body.
On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution asking the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for its legal opinion on the Israeli regime’s occupation of Palestinian territories.
The 193-member assembly voted on the resolution on Friday. Eighty-seven countries voted in favor of the resolution against 26 negative votes cast by the Israeli regime, the United States, its oldest and strongest ally, and 24 others, and 53 abstentions.
The Israeli regime claimed existence in 1948 after occupying huge swathes of Palestinian territories during a Western-backed war. It occupied more land, namely the West Bank, which includes East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip in another such war in 1967.
Ever since, the regime has built hundreds of illegal settlements upon the occupied territories and deployed the most aggressive restraints on Palestinian freedoms there. Tel Aviv withdrew from Gaza in 2005, but has been keeping the coastal territory under an all-out land, aerial, and naval siege since a year after it left the enclave.
Addressing the Assembly’s session before the vote, Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour said the world body was about to weigh in on the resolution one day after the swearing-in of an Israeli cabinet led by Benjamin Netanyahu. Mansour reminded that the cabinet — which has been billed as the most extremist one yet in the regime’s history — had promised to expand the illegal settlements.
“We trust that, regardless of your vote today, if you believe in international law and peace, you will uphold the opinion of the International Court of Justice when delivered and you will stand up to” the Israeli officials, the envoy said.
The occupying regime’s ambassador to the world body, Gilad Erdan, however, called the United Nations a “morally bankrupt and politicized” body for deciding to go ahead with the vote. Erdan also said any decision by any judicial body that would receive its mandate from such an organization “is completely illegitimate.”
Via the resolution, the General Assembly asked the ICJ to give an advisory opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s “occupation, settlement, and annexation…, including measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character, and status” of the holy city of al-Quds.
Palestinians want East al-Quds as the capital of their future state, while the occupying regime lays claim to the entirety of the city as its so-called “capital.”
Ever since occupying the West Bank, the Israeli regime has been trying to manipulate al-Quds’ status quo through various measures, including by enforcing restrictions on the Palestinians’ right to worship at the al-Aqsa Mosque’s compound — Islam’s third-holiest site — which is located in al-Quds’ Old City.
The regime’s military, however, regularly provides protection for its illegal settlers’ tours of the holy site as means of hurting the religious sentiments of the Palestinians and their fellow Muslims around the world.
Of course we welcome such a move by the UN although it is late but it is at least some sign of impartiality provided that it is not a show to fool the people worldwide.
For years Palestinians have suffered from the Zionists’ atrocities and many people have lost their lives in the Palestine because of Israeli forces crimes but the UN and other international bodies have been watching them without taking any serious action or even sometimes they have been indifferent to such crimes which has angered the people worldwide over this passiveness of the international bodies.
But the decision on Friday can be a step forward for condemning and punishing the Zionists for their murders and occupation of land and it can restore, to some extent, the missed reputation of the UN provided that it takes serious action against Israel but still many people think this is a show for the UN to prove the world that is impartial and it takes action against any country and any person who commits international crimes and offences.
On Thursday, the Palestinian Wafa news agency cited the official heading the Islamic organization that runs the compound’s affairs as saying that a record number of Israeli settlers, namely 48,238, had stormed the Muslim holy site in 2022.
According to Azzam Khatib, director of the Islamic Waqf Department, the Israeli extremists have been resorting to provocative conduct while storming the compound, including performing Jewish rituals at the site and raising the occupying regime’s flag there.
The world and especially independent and freedom-seeking nations support the Palestinians and condemn the Israeli atrocities and have repeatedly asked the international bodies to take action but so far the bodies have not taken any serious action against this fake regime and it is hoped this time every thing would go in favor of Palestinians and a serious action would be taken against Israel. We should seat and wait whether this is a serious move or a show for entertaining the world.