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Palestinians join International Criminal Court, hope move will deter Israel
Palestinians join International Criminal Court, hope move will deter Israel

The Palestinian Authority expressed hope Wednesday that its new membership in the International Criminal Court will deter Israeli military strikes on the Palestinian people. Speaking from The Hague following a brief ceremony introducing the Palestinians as the court’s 123rd member, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told reporters that the day marked "a significant turning point" that would hopefully head off attacks such as Israel’s 50-day conflict with the Hamas movement in Gaza last summer. That conflict in July and August left over 2,200 Palestinians dead and thousands injured, mostly civilians, according to United Nations figures. Tens of thousands of...

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