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ICJ membership for Palestinians

The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015, with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications.

ICJ membership for Palestinians
A Palestinian youth standing on the rubble of destroyed buildings shows his wounds sustained during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, on March 31, 2015. The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015, with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications. (AFP/Getty Images)
ICJ membership for Palestinians
A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, on March 31, 2015. The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015, with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications. (AFP/Getty Images)
ICJ membership for Palestinians
Palestinian women walk past the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, on March 31, 2015. The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015, with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications. (AFP/Getty Images)
ICJ membership for Palestinians
A Palestinian boy rides a horse past the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, on March 31, 2015. The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015, with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications. (AFP/Getty Images)
ICJ membership for Palestinians
Palestinians work on the rubble of their house that was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood, on March 31, 2015. The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on April 1, 2015, with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications. (AFP/Getty Images)
ICJ membership for Palestinians
A Palestinian man holds his national flag as Palestinians plant olive trees to mark Land Day during a symbolic ceremony held in the village of Abassan, east of Khan Yunis near the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on March 31, 2015. On the annual Land Day, demonstrations are held to remember six Arab Israeli protesters who were shot dead by Israeli police and troops during mass protests in 1976 against plans to confiscate Arab land in the Galilee. (AFP/Getty Images)
ICJ membership for Palestinians
Palestinians hold their national flag as they plant olive trees to mark Land Day during a symbolic ceremony held in the village of Abassan, east of Khan Yunis near the border fence between Israel and the southern Gaza Strip on March 31, 2015. On the annual Land Day, demonstrations are held to remember six Arab Israeli protesters who were shot dead by Israeli police and troops during mass protests in 1976 against plans to confiscate Arab land in the Galilee. (AFP/Getty Images)