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ICC accepts Palestinian statehood

December 25, 2014

ICC accepts Palestinian statehood

ICC accepts Palestinian statehood

Palestine’s status as a state has been recognised by the International Criminal Court, clearing the way for war crimes investigations over abuses committed by Israeli politicians and occupation forces.

A report by Al Jazeera said Palestine would now have the same status as the US, Russia and other country’s that are not signatories to the Rome Statute.

The move makes it significantly harder to reject Palestinian attempts to sign up to the Rome Statute. By joining the convention, the ICC would be able to charge Israelis accused of war crimes.

The court has previously brought charges against figures involved in genocides in several African states and the Balkans.

Whether or not the Palestinian authority will exercise its right to bring war crimes proceedings against Israeli officials remains to be seen.

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