Belgium voted at the UN in favor of the examination of the Israeli occupation by the ICJ

Belgium voted Friday in favor of the UN resolution on the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. This resolution aims to seek the opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the subject. It was adopted with 87 votes for, 26 against, and 53 abstentions in the United Nations General Assembly.

Our international positioning is constant“, details on Monday at the Belga agency Joan Condijts, the spokesperson for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hadja Lahbib. ‘“We remain in favor of respect for international law and any initiative that could contribute to it. Asking for the opinion of a court of law fits perfectly into this framework.

Within the European Union (EU), Belgium is one of the few States to have supported this resolution. Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia also voted in favor of the resolution. Germany and Italy marked their opposition. France and the Netherlands abstained, as did the Nordic countries, Switzerland and Spain.

Among the major world powers, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia voted against. Brazil, India and Japan remained neutral. China, Russia or Turkey approved the text.

Concretelythe document calls on the ICJ based in The Hague, Netherlands, to determine the legal consequences “of Israel’s continuing violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” and Jewish state measures that lead to the alteration of “the demographic composition”, “character” and “status of the holy city of Jerusalem”.

He also urges Israel to end its “settlement” policy even if the UN General Assembly does not have binding powers.

“Our international positioning is constant”, explains Monday to the Belga agency Joan Condijts, the spokesperson for the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hadja Lahbib. ‘”We remain in favor of respect for international law and any initiative that could contribute to it. Asking for the opinion of a court of justice fits perfectly into this framework”. Within the European Union (EU), Belgium is one of the few states to have supported this resolution. Ireland, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Slovenia also voted in favor of the resolution. Germany and Italy marked their opposition. France and the Netherlands abstained, as did the Nordic countries, Switzerland and Spain. Among the major world powers, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia voted against. Brazil, India and Japan remained neutral. China, Russia or Turkey approved the text. Specifically, the document calls on the ICJ based in The Hague, Netherlands, to determine the legal consequences “of Israel’s continuing violation of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination” and of the measures taken by the Jewish state which lead to the modification of the “demographic composition”, the “character” and the “status of the holy city of Jerusalem”. He also urges Israel to end its “settlement” policy even if the UN General Assembly does not have binding powers.

Belgium voted at the UN in favor of the examination of the Israeli occupation by the ICJ