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Palestine secures observer status at the International Criminal Court

Palestine secures observer status at the International Criminal Court

Palestine has secured observer status at the International Criminal Court (ICC), paving the way for the Palestinians to sue senior Israeli officials for war crimes. They were granted the position at the summit meeting of the 122 ICC member states in New York on Monday.

Press TV reports  The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, said the move paved the way for Palestine membership in the ICC, adding that the Palestinian government is moving in that direction “but that’s another step in that process.”

The Palestinian envoy further called the move “a further enhancement of our status” in the court, whose headquarters are at The Hague in the Netherlands, and in the international arena.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had threatened to join the court to sue Israel over crimes against Palestinians.

On November 29, 2012, the 193-member UN General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.