Namibia says ICJ has mandate to handle Israel-Palestine war

EXECUTIVE director of justice Gladice Pickering says Namibia believes the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has the jurisdiction to deal with issues regarding Israel’s alleged genocide on the Palestinian people, as presented by minister of justice Yvonne Dausab.

Pickering was speaking to Desert Radio on Monday.

Dausab made submissions to the ICJ last week in a case in which Namibia, among other countries, is taking on Israel over the occupation of Gaza.

Pickering on Monday said the ministry is expecting a positive response from the court.

Meanwhile, lawyer Norman Tjombe on Tuesday told Desert Radio that Namibia has “enough legal minds” to handle such cases at international level.

This comes after the country used the services of Kenyan lawyer Phoebe Okowa to push its arguments at the international court.

Okowo emphasised the importance of considering the historical backdrop of the proceedings.

She said similar to other nations, Israel’s admission to the United Nations was predicated on the acknowledgment of the right to self-determination for all groups, including Palestinians.

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