The Israeli aggression against Gaza cast a shadow over the new formation of the International Court of Justice, as yesterday, Tuesday, it was announced that Lebanese judge Nawaf Salaam was elected as its President, while Ugandan Julia Sibutende as his Vice President. was chosen.
Salam has been a member of the court since February 2018 and previously served as Lebanon's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2007 to 2017.
Salam is expected to remain in the post for three years, according to a press release published by the court, which is headquartered in The Hague.
Lebanese judge Nawaf Salaam is known for his anti-Israel stance.
It is noteworthy that South Africa had recently filed a case before the International Justice accusing the Israeli occupation army of committing genocide in Gaza.
Israeli media reported that Nawaf Salaam had previously made anti-Israel statements. Comments were made against his selection as president of the court.
In contrast, Ugandan judge Julia Sibutende – who had sided with Israel in the South African case – was appointed Vice-President of the court for a term of 3 years.
Judge Sibutinde, the first African woman elected to the International Court of Justice, became famous for her pro-Israel stance alongside Israeli judge Aharon Barak, when she voted against all six measures ordered by the court in a case brought by South Africa.
His country immediately rejected its biased position towards Israel, as Uganda's representative to the United Nations, Adonia Ibare, stated that “Judge Sibutende's decision at the International Court of Justice regarding Palestine does not represent our government.”