Interpol grants Palestinians full membership in diplomatic setback for Israel

September 28, 2017 Agencies
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The international police organisation Interpol voted Wednesday in favor of granting the “State of Palestine” full membership, in a diplomatic defeat for Israel.

The Palestinians accept their Interpol flag at the international police organization’s General Assembly in Beijing. Credit: Interpol.

At the organisation’s annual General Assembly convened this year in Beijing, the Palestinian membership bid was approved with 75 countries voting in favor, 24 voting against and 34 abstaining.

Israel had campaigned against the move, arguing the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) support for terrorism would undermine Interpol’s efforts. The U.S. also opposed Palestinian membership in Interpol and assisted Israel with challenging Ramallah’s bid.

PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki hailed the vote as a “victory” for Palestinians.

“The State of Palestine considers this membership and the responsibilities that it entails as an integral part of its responsibility towards the Palestinian people and a moral commitment to the citizens of the world,” he said.

Interpol operates as a liaison between police agencies throughout the world and does not have agents with policing powers.

With the additions of the Palestinians and the Solomon Islands, France-based Interpol now has 192 member states. It is the second-largest international organization after the United Nations.

 

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4 Responses to “Interpol grants Palestinians full membership in diplomatic setback for Israel”
  1. Liat Kirby says:

    I read a comment by an Emmanuel Navon (via Honest Reporting) saying, ‘Admitting “Palestine” (PLO/Hamas) to Interpol is like admitting Al Capone to the Chicago Police Department.’

    The world has indeed gone mad, with people of all kinds showing no capacity for reflection and thought, nor, importantly, the capacity to analyse dispassionately. Political correctness, rhetoric and propaganda win the day. How absurd this latest membership fiasco.

  2. Michael burd says:

    The animals are running the zoo
    If this were the 1940,s they would be allowing Nazis on the jury at the Nuremberg trials .
    The world has gone mad !

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