The ICJ today concluded its second high-level mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
ICJ Commissioners Professor Pedro Nikken and Professor Rajeev Dhavan led the mission. In the West Bank, they met with senior Palestinian officials, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Issa Abu Sharar, the Public Prosecutor, Mr. Ahmed Maghni, and representatives of local NGOs and the legal community. They also visited illegal settlements and the wall of separation in the West Bank and Jerusalem. In Israel, the ICJ delegation held meetings with senior governmental officials and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, Ms. Dorit Beinisch
This mission followed the first ICJ mission to Gaza, led by its Secretary-General in December 2007. The first mission met with representatives of the dismissed government of Hamas, senior judges, lawyers, local NGOs and representatives of the legal community. The mission visited refugee camps in Jabaliya, Dir Al Balah, Khan Younes, witnessing the devastating impact of the Israeli siege of Gaza on the humanitarian situation in these camps and the human rights of the civilian population in Gaza.