Palestinians mull war crime charges against Israel

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United Rights High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay looks on during an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council on the Gaza crisis at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on July 23, 2014. The UN Human Rights Council was poised to call for an international inquiry into Israel's offensive in the Palestinian territories, after Arab and fellow Islamic nations demanded an emergency session on the Gaza crisis. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - DECEMBER 2 : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a press conference at the United Nations offices in Geneva on December 2, 2013.(Photo by Murat Unlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip from their position near Israel's border with the Palestinian enclave on July 23, 2014. The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a probe into the Gaza offensive, backing calls by the Palestinians to hold Israel to account despite fierce opposition from the Jewish state. The decision came after a marathon seven-hour emergency session of the top UN human rights body, where the Israelis and the Palestinians traded accusations over war crimes. AFP PHOTO / DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, ambassador Eviatar Manor attends an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council on the Gaza crisis at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on July 23, 2014. Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip could amount to war crimes, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said on July 23, also condemning the indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants Hamas. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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By John Heilprin
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - Palestinian officials say President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking broad political support, including from rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press possible war crimes charges against Israel.

Abbas is under pressure to turn the International Criminal Court on the issue, as the death toll in Gaza rises.

Independent legislator Mustafa Barghouti revealed Thursday that Abbas asked for and received written support for such a move from the heads of PLO factions this week. Participants in the meeting say Abbas also wants written support from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant groups. They are vulnerable to war crimes charges because of their indiscriminate rocket fire at Israel.

Earlier, the top U.N. human rights official accused both sides of committing war crimes.

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A bus driver inspects the damage caused to his bus by a rocket fired from the Gaza strip hitting near the kibbutz of Yad Mordechay on August 19,2014. Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave and halting truce talks. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken early on August 18, 2014 in the West Bank town of Hebron shows smoke billowing above the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, named by Israel as one of the suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers a month ago, after the Israeli army demolished it with TNT explosives. The houses of Hussam Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisheh, said by Israel to be Hamas members in the city of Hebron, were demolished as both militants are still hunted down by the Israeli army. AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: An extreme close-up of a tear gas bomb being held by an Israeli soldier.As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: A masked Israeli soldiers stands in front of journalists and reporters. Soldiers often try to obstruct the view of journalists. As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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