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The Netherlands: Palestine officially joins International Criminal Court

Palestine has formally become a member of the International Criminal Court. One of Palestinian leaders' first steps was to authorize the body to investigate possible war crimes committed in Gaza.

Joining the ICC is part of a wider effort on Palestinians' part to put international pressure on Israel after decades of failed negotiations have left it largely without the prospect of achieving statehood.

Despite that Israel is not being a signatory to the Rome Statute, the ICC could prosecute alleged crimes that took place on Palestinian territory. This would mean, however, that the activities of Hamas militants would also be part of the investigation.

Read more: Palestine officially joins International Criminal Court | Middle East | DW.DE | 01.04.2015

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