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Palestinian human rights groups submit Israeli war crimes dossier to ICC

Four Palestinian human rights organisations have submitted a dossier to the International Criminal Court which details alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. 

"This communication, which is based on factual information collected by the four organisations, covers the following crimes against humanity in accordance with the Rome Statute: murder, deportation or transfer of population, persecution, apartheid," one of the group's representatives told Al Jazeera.

In a statement released on Wednesday the organisations called on the ICC's chief prosecutor to "urgently open a full investigation into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory", arguing it was a "necessary step to ending the culture of impunity that has long prevailed in regard to Israeli crimes and to hold high-level political and military officials accountable".

Confirming that it had received the dossier, the ICC told Al Jazeera: "As we do with all such communications, we will analyse the materials submitted, as appropriate, in accordance with the Rome Statute and with full independence and impartiality. As soon as we reach a decision on the appropriate next step, we will inform the sender and provide reasons for our decision."

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The Palestinian terrorities joined the ICC in 2015, allowing the ICC to prosecute crimes committed in the region. Israel is not a signatory to the Rome Statute.