Palestinian medics prepare the lifeless body of Ibrahim al-Dawawsa, 12, who was killed in an Israeli air strike, in the morgue of the Shifa hospital, before his funeral in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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The possibility of a war crimes investigation into the conduct of Israeli forces in Gaza, until recently unthinkable, has grown after the Palestinians said this week they wanted to become a party to the International Criminal Court.The Palestinians this week unexpectedly said they are just one procedural step away from ICC membership.If the Palestinians were to sign the ICC's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, the court would have jurisdiction over crimes committed in the Palestinian territories.With Palestinian authorization, an ICC investigation could then examine events as far back as July 1, 2002, when the court opened with a mandate to try individuals for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. War crimes accusations accompanied Israel's incursion into Gaza in July.Israeli officials said force was used proportionately.Gaza officials say 1,874 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have been killed, while Israel counted 64 soldiers and three civilian deaths on its side.Roughly 47 percent of those killed in Gaza were combatants, Israel said.
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