Palestinian mourners carry the body of Palestinian Imam Dwikat who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Monday, in the West Bank village of Baita near City of Nablus , Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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The Palestinians moved Wednesday to join the International Criminal Court as a new avenue for action against Israel after the UN Security Council rejected a resolution on ending the occupation.Tuesday's vote at the 15-member Security Council came after a three-month campaign by the Palestinians to win support for a resolution that would have set a timeframe for ending the Israeli occupation.The Palestinians denounced the failure of the text to win the necessary nine votes to pass as "outrageously shameful".The missing vote was that of Nigeria which had assured the Palestinians it would support their resolution but which ended up abstaining after lobbying efforts by both Israel and Washington.The Palestinians reacted furiously to the vote and pledged to immediately press ahead with an application for ICC membership.Israel warned that joining the court would also expose the Palestinians themselves to prosecution.
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