Palestine Joins Interpol, Despite Israeli Opposition

The United Nations has rejected warnings from the US and Israel and voted to include the Palestinians in "Interpol".the worldwide police agency. Since 2012, when its status in the United Nations was upgraded to "non-member state", Palestine has joined dozens of global organizations.

Interpol on Wednesday approved the Palestinian Authority's membership bid, a new victory in its drive for global representation despite strong Israeli opposition.

Interpol has admitted the Palestinian territories as a new member, despite opposition from Israel.

Israel is concerned that as a member of Interpol, the Palestinians will issue warrants for Israeli military and political officials, as well as gain access to sensitive, classified information.

The Israeli foreign ministry has yet to comment on the vote.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called it "another failure" for Netanyahu. It is particularly legitimate from a Palestinian perspective when the government of Israel refuses to engage in serious negotiations for a two-state solution and when the Trump administration, while stating its intent to broker peace, fails to endorse the two-state solution.

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Over Israeli objections, the U.N. General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state in 2012.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki hailed the vote as a "victory for law enforcement" and "voice of confidence in the capacity of law enforcement in Palestine".

Before past attempts to earn membership in Interpol, Palestinian officials said they wanted to work with the organization to pursue Palestinian expatriates suspected of corruption and other crimes. One should therefore not be surprised when Palestinians conclude that their only non-violent path to ending the occupation is through internationalizing their cause.

Among them are the International Criminal Court and the United Nations heritage body UNESCO.

To join the world's second-largest organization after the United Nations, the Palestinians needed two-thirds of all votes cast - they received three-quarters.

"The Interpol General Assembly has also adopted a resolution interpreting Article 4 of the Constitution which governs the criteria under which countries can apply for membership of the Organization in the future", the agency said.

  • Megan Austin