The Palestinian Authority has sued the United States at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

The Court notes that, in the lawsuit, the Palestinians argue that Washington’s action “constitutes a violation of the Vienna Convention” and asks the high court to “order the United States to withdraw its diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Court cases can take years to complete. Their decisions are legally binding, but they are not always adhered to.

Jerusalem US Embassy (Wikimedia)
Jerusalem US Embassy (Wikimedia)

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his country recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The US embassy in Israel was transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14th, 2018.

The Palestinian Authority reacted to Trump’s decision by breaking off all contacts with the US Administration and rejecting Washington’s role as a mediator in peace negotiations with Israel.