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Israel should not retaliate against Palestine for ICJ appeal, says UN secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – Israel should not retaliate against the Palestinian Authority for Palestine’s appeal to the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ), the secretary-general’s office spokeswoman said on Monday from the UN, Stephanie Tremblay.

In early January, the Israeli government took a number of actions against the Palestinian authorities due to the adoption of a UN General Assembly resolution following Palestine’s call for the ICJ to render a legal opinion on the consequences of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Specifically, the Israeli government decided to freeze construction for Palestine in Area C in the West Bank and to withhold part of the funds earmarked for the Palestinians in the amount of $39 million in favor of the families of Israelis who died because of the actions of the Palestinian armed forces. groups, The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.

JRemblay told a briefing that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres was against any reprisals against the Palestinian Authority in the context of the situation with the ICJ.

The spokeswoman added that Guterres noted “with deep concern” the recent steps taken by Israel against the Palestinian Authority, and again called on the parties to refrain from unilateral measures that undermine bilateral trust, as well as the way to the resumption of the political process. between the two states.

Relations between Israel and Palestine have been contentious since the founding of Israel in 1948. The Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition of their independent state in the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip . The Israeli government refuses to recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and builds settlements in the occupied areas despite the objections of the UN.

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