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The high U.N. courtroom is about to start public hearings Monday into the legality of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

The six-day listening to may add to the political strain on Israel over the conflict in Gaza, although its focus is on a broader concern: management of the occupied West Bank, annexed East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

The United States is among the many international locations set to take part, on Wednesday, together with Egypt, Russia and France. Chinese officers are scheduled to look Thursday. Israel is not going to attend.

Israel doesn’t take into account that it “occupies” Gaza, arguing that it ceded management over the enclave in 2005, when it unilaterally withdrew. However, human rights teams say that Israel has maintained management over Gaza in different methods, together with by way of a blockade, which Israel and Egypt imposed when the militant group Hamas took energy in 2007. The Biden administration has stated there have to be no “reoccupation” of Gaza on account of the present battle.

It just isn’t the primary time the matter has been raised. In 2022, the U.N. General Assembly requested the International Court of Justice — which was established to adjudicate points between states — to present a non-binding “advisory” opinion on the decades-long occupation.

Meanwhile, the U.N. Security Council is predicted to vote this week on a decision drafted by Algeria that requires a direct cease-fire in Gaza. Washington — considered one of 5 everlasting council members with veto energy — has stated it received’t assist the measure.

Here’s what else to know

Israel’s authorities accepted a declaration Sunday that claims the nation received’t acknowledge a Palestinian state. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the choice got here “in light of remarks that have been heard recently in the international community about an attempt to unilaterally force a Palestinian state on Israel.” A peace plan being developed by the United States and Arab nations requires a timeline on establishing a Palestinian state.

Nasser Hospital, the most important medical facility in southern Gaza, “is not functional anymore,” the pinnacle of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated Sunday, after days of Israeli raids. He stated there are nonetheless about 200 sufferers within the hospital and not less than 20 have to be transferred to different hospitals for pressing care.

At least 28,985 folks have been killed in Gaza and 68,883 injured for the reason that conflict started, in accordance with the Gaza Health Ministry. Israel estimates that about 1,200 folks have been killed in Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault.