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May 18, 2015 1:42 pm

Palestinian Authority Submits Request to File Lawsuits Against Israel at ICC

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Palestinians submitted a request to set a date for filing their first "war crimes" case against Israel in the ICC. Photo: ICC Website. – The Palestinian Authority (PA) submitted an official request with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to set a date for filing documents to investigate Israel over war crimes allegations.

“I have submitted a request to the court to set a date for us to present the files of settlements and Israeli war crimes,” PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki told the Voice of Palestine radio station. “We’re now awaiting the court’s response. This could take place in mid-June.”

The Palestinians joined the ICC on April 1 in an effort to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from the Jewish state’s conduct in last summer’s war in Gaza. Israel responded to the Palestinians’ unilateral action by withholding tax revenue transfers to the PA. But Israel recently resumed the transfers.

Israel and the U.S. consider unilateral Palestinian moves in the international arena to be detrimental to the achievement of a negotiated two-state solution.

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