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The Dangers of the Palestinian Authority’s Accession to the International Criminal Court is problematic for a number of reasons. First, since the Palestinian Authority (PA), known as “Palestine” by the ICC, does not meet the legal definition of a “state,” the ICC’s decision to allow it to accede to the Rome Statute (the Treaty that created the ICC) violates the very terms of the Rome Statute itself, since the Statute clearly limits membership to “states.” Hence, the ICC violated its own terms when it allowed the PA, a non-state entity, to accede to ICC jurisdiction, thereby confirming that the ICC is a court subject to political influence.
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