Palestinians become member of International Criminal Court, putting pressure on Israel

April 1, 2015 7:23 AM

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The Palestinian Authority has become a member of the International Criminal Court and is marking the momentous occasion with a low-key ceremony at the court's headquarters.

Palestinians signed the court's founding treaty in January and it came into force Wednesday, an event welcomed by activists who see it as an opportunity to bring accountability to years of conflict between Palestinians and Israel.

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