Palestinians are now Members of International Criminal Court

The Palestinians have formally joined the International Criminal Court (ICC), a key step towards being able to pursue Israelis for alleged war crimes. becoming the 123rd member of the ICC, 90 days after they lodged their application.

After a ceremony at The Hague, Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Palestinians seek “justice not vengeance”.

However, Israel denounced the move as “political, cynical and hypocritical”.

Although Israel has not ratified the Rome Statute, its military and civilian leaders could face charges, if they are believed to have committed crimes on Palestinian territory.

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