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Palestinians Mull War Crime Charges Against Israel

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July 31, 2014 AT 10:12 AM
Senior officials said Thursday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel. Abbas hesitated in the past because such a step would transform his relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile and could put him on a collision course with the United States. But with nearly 1,400 Palestinians killed in Israel-Hamas fighting in Gaza in the past 24 days, according to health officials, Abbas is under growing domestic pressure to turn to the International Criminal Court to try to make a case against Israel. Israeli officials have said Israel is acting in self-defense by targeting Hamas' military arsenal and rocket-launching sites and have accused Hamas of using Gaza civilians as human shields. Earlier Thursday, the U.N.'s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes in the current Gaza fighting.