Foreign Minister Submits Indictment Charges Against US to ICJ
Dr. Riad Malki Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates State of Palestine (15 May 2019) Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands – On Wednesday, the State of Palestine submitted its memorial on the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice and the admissibility of Palestine’s application to the Court regarding the United States’ illegal move of its embassy to Palestine’s capital, Jerusalem. One year after the Trump administration carried out its provocative and illegal action, the State of Palestine continues to seek justice and accountability through the tools and mechanisms available to law-abiding and respecting States within the international system. The State of Palestine will continue to employ all available legal and diplomatic tools to defend the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people against all illegal acts of aggression and shall not surrender to political bullying and extortion. In addition, today marks the seventy-first anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe). On this solemn day, the Palestinian leadership reaffirms its commitment to achieving justice and securing redress for decades of injustice and brutality exercised against the Palestinian people. Seventy-one years ago, the majority of the Palestinian people were uprooted and dispossessed, condemned to a status of misery and alienation. While the manifestations of Nakba continue the malign intent of the Nakba of erasing the Palestinian identity and denying the Palestinian people’s natural and political rights that have been defeated. The Palestinian people stand tall and proud, supported by the overwhelming majority of the world in their just and noble cause for freedom and return. Today, the Question of Palestine daunts the international rights-based order, serving as a litmus test to the very principles of equality and universality on which it was founded. On the solemn anniversary of the Nakba, the State of Palestine reaffirms its commitment to achieving justice, freedom, and return and expresses its sincere gratitude to all peoples of conscience and advocates of peace who continue to challenge the system and policies of brutality, injustice, and oppression against the Palestinian people.