Palestinians get place in Interpol


The PA has also pursued similar goals at the International Criminal Court, where it seeks "to improperly use international law as a tool to bring about the establishment of a Palestinian state with or without Israel's consent", David Daoud assessed in a May 2015 article in The Tower.

Worldwide police agency Interpol voted Wednesday to include the Palestinian state as a member state, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for global recognition and influence amid long-stalled negotiations with Israel for full statehood.

Israel had appealed to the Interpol Executive Committee to keep the vote on the Palestinians off the agenda on the grounds that there is no State of Palestine, including under the organisation's guidelines.

The PA foreign minister added that the Palestinians' bid to join the global police organization succeeded because "of the principled position of the majority of Interpol's members...who clearly refused efforts of political manipulation and gamesmanship".

Israeli Foreign Ministry, which said earlier that Israel's efforts to delay a vote until next year had failed, had no immediate comment on the decision.

"It was a hard effort, but it produced results", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared happily at the time.

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Interpol approved the Palestinian application along with a bid by the Solomon Islands during its annual general assembly in Beijing.

A senior Palestinian official said there were no plans to sue any Israelis through Interpol.

At the start of the meeting, Ashrawi welcomed Ambassador Riley to Palestine and expressed her appreciation to New Zealand for being one of four countries to sponsor UNSC Resolution 2334 last December and for its continued support of Palestinian self-determination and freedom. They are faced with an Israeli government that celebrates the settlements and the occupation - as it did today in Gush Etzion.

A page on the Interpol website listed Palestine as a member since 27 September 2017.

About 300 Palestinians - a lot of them assailants, Israel says - have also been killed in that period, according to AFP news agency. "Interpol now has an absurd situation where member states will share sensitive information with Palestinian police, whose members have been accused of involvement in countless murders and heinous attacks throughout the years".