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Arab League calls on ICC to investigate 'Israeli crimes'

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The today called on the to urgently investigate "the crimes of the Israeli occupation" against Palestinians.

"is an oppressive and murderous entity and its politicians and officers must be taken to the International Criminal Court," Amjad Shamout, the committee's chairman, said in a statement.

Shamout was referring to the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli forces during clashes and protests on Monday over the deeply controversial opening of a US embassy in

The ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said Tuesday she would "take any action warranted" to prosecute crimes.

"My staff is vigilantly following developments on the ground and recording any alleged crime that could fall within" the tribunal's jurisdiction, she said in a statement to AFP, adding: "The violence must stop." condemned the "massacres" of Palestinians, which he said resemble "war crimes".

In a statement he called on the international community to "protect the Palestinian people, who have chosen the path of peaceful struggle and have been confronted with brutality, violence and murder".

The will hold emergency talks Wednesday to discuss what it has called Washington's "illegal" relocation of its embassy to the disputed city.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east as the capital of their future state.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:00 IST