THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Palestinian Authority has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, a move aimed at allowing an investigation of possible war crimes during the recent Gaza conflict.
The court can only investigate if asked by the U.N. Security Council or an involved state that has recognized the court. Israel has never recognized its jurisdiction.
Only states can recognize the court. It is unclear if the Palestinians can do so.
The court's prosecutor said Tuesday his office is investigating the Palestinian move and there will be no quick decision.
Amnesty International and other groups have accused Israel of committing war crimes by killing civilians and firing white phosphorus munitions in densely populated areas, among other actions.