Israel may face UN court ruling on legality of Gaza conflictJanuary 14th, 2009 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan.14 (ANI): Israel faces the prospect of intervention by international courts amid growing calls that its actions in Gaza are a violation of world humanitarian and criminal law.
The UN general assembly, which is meeting this week to discuss the issue, will consider requesting an advisory opinion from the international court of justice, the Guardian reports.
“There is a well-grounded view that both the initial attacks on Gaza and the tactics being used by Israel are serious violations of the UN charter, the Geneva conventions, international law and international humanitarian law,” the paper quoted Richard Falk, the UN’’s special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories and professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, as saying.
“There is a consensus among independent legal experts that Israel is an occupying power and is therefore bound by the duties set out in the fourth Geneva convention,” Falk added.
A Foreign Office source confirmed the UK would consider backing calls for a reference to the ICJ.
“It’’s definitely on the table. We have already called for an investigation and are looking at all evidence and allegations,” the source was quoted, as saying. (ANI)
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