Commenting the move, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said: “this is a historic day in the struggle for justice, freedom and peace for our people and all those seeking justice worldwide”.
“Today marks the official membership of the State of Palestine to the international criminal court, reflecting Palestine’s commitment to justice, international law and human rights”, he added, voicing the Palestinian Authority “determination to protect Palestinian people against the injustice of those responsible for war crimes”.
After joining the ICC, the Palestinians are believed to seek again full membership of the United Nations which has upgraded the status of Palestine to a “non-member state of the United Nations” as the status of the Vatican.
The Palestinians have also joined the UN cultural agency UNESCO, despite Israeli and US opposition. They vow to continue their fight for statehood.
Sweden has officially recognized the Palestinian State in a first move of its kind in Western Europe. Some 135 governments have so far announced their official backing for Palestine’s sovereignty. MPs in major European countries, including Spain, France, Britain, Ireland and Portugal as well as the European Parliament have symbolically endorsed resolutions calling for recognition of Palestine state.