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Palestine's Legal Status To Be Studied By International Criminal Court

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PALESTINE LEGAL STATUS
President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, center, celebrates with members of his delegation and other supporters after the U.N. General Assembly's historic vote to recognize Palestine as its 194th State at U.N. Headquarters, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Avaaz) | AP

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court say they will study what the Palestinian Authority's upgraded status means for its relationship with the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.

In a one-paragraph reaction to the historic United Nations General Assembly vote, the court's prosecution office said Friday it "will consider the legal implications of this resolution."

In April, prosecutors rejected a Palestinian bid to get the Hague-based court to investigate possible war crimes during an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip that began in December 2008.

The Palestinian authority attempted to empower the court to investigate by unilaterally recognizing its jurisdiction, but prosecutors said only internationally recognized states could accept jurisdiction.

Israel is not a member of the 10-year-old court.

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