Israel slams China for telling World Court that Palestinians have right to ‘use of force’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), holds public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion on Israel's presence in the West Bank, from February 19 to 26, 2024 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. (International Court of Justice)
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), holds public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion on Israel's presence in the West Bank, from February 19 to 26, 2024 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. (International Court of Justice)

Israel blasts China’s presentation to the International Court of Justice last week, in which its representative argued that the Palestinians’ “use of force” was part of their right to self-determination and a legitimate tool for achieving independence.

“The laws of war do not allow a systematic and targeted attack against civilians and the use of civilians as human shields — two war crimes that Hamas commits under the title of ‘armed struggle,'” tweets Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat.

He adds that China’s statement could read as supporting Hamas’s attacks on October 7.

“China should ask itself why the terrorist organization Hamas was quick to welcome the words of its legal adviser at the ICJ,” says Haiat.

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