Headline RoundupFebruary 19th, 2024

ICJ Hears Palestinian Arguments on Israeli Occupation

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) began hearing arguments on Monday over the legality of Israel’s occupation of land claimed by Palestinians. 

The Details: The hearings are separate from South Africa’s genocide case against Israel over the war in Gaza; instead, they stem from a 2022 U.N. resolution seeking the ICJ’s non-binding advisory opinion on the occupation. The ICJ's proceedings over the next six days will involve arguments from 52 member states and three organizations about Israel’s control over the occupied West Bank, Gaza, and annexed East Jerusalem. 

Key Quotes: Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Israel should not “be granted a perpetual veto” over another people’s statehood. A lawyer for Palestine argued that the right to self determination “cannot be a matter of negotiation,” calling on U.N. members to “end Israel’s presence on the territory of Palestine” by cutting ties with the country. However, a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the Palestinian Authority of “hurling false accusations and creating a fundamentally distorted reality.” Furthermore, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office rejected the legitimacy of the hearings, saying they were designed to “dictate the results of a diplomatic settlement without any negotiations.”

How The Media Covered It: Coverage was less common in right-rated American news outlets, which tend to cover international stories less frequently. Reflecting differences on the legitimacy of Palestinian groups and claims, some headlines differed on using the terms “Palestinian-claimed land,” “the Palestinian territories,” or simply “Palestine.” CNN (Lean Left bias) stood out by explicitly highlighting “dueling perspectives” on the case.

This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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