Palestinians get place in Interpol

Sep 28, 2017, 00:25
Palestinians get place in Interpol

Interpol has voted to admit the Palestinian Authority as a full member in a secret vote of representatives of the global police agency, despite concerns over their attempt to politicize a professional organization, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Israel lobbies hard against Palestinian efforts to join global organisations to advance their goal of statehood.

Israel, a member of Interpol since 1956, attempted to block a vote on Palestinian membership by contending that Palestine, which has had non-member state observer status at the United Nations General Assembly since 2012, was ineligible for membership.

"There is also legitimate concern expressed by Israel that the Palestinians could use their membership in Interpol to mount unwarranted legal challenges, including travel bans and extradition requests, against Israeli military and security officials", Nazarian concluded.

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

"Palestine will commit to obligations and contribute to combating crime and law enforcement on the worldwide level", Malki noted.

"Almost every country in the world is a member of Interpol, with the notable exception of North Korea", Min said, including the Arab League, whose members view Israel with hostility.

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

The vote came Wednesday at a U.N. General Assembly meeting in Beijing, a day after Palestinians praised a terrorist who killed three Israelis.

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Israel says Palestinian incitement has fuelled the attacks.

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".

The Palestine Liberation Organisation's negotiations affairs department said on Twitter they had received more than 75 percent of the vote.

"We are recognized by the United Nations and the most of the countries in the world", Jaradat said in a phone call. The organization allows member countries to issue warrants for the arrest of suspects in cases where they flee to worldwide destinations.

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

It did not detail the voting but candidacies require the approval of a two-thirds majority of countries present at the general assembly, excluding abstentions.

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

A previous attempt to join Interpol was thwarted during the previous general assembly in Indonesia, when the body chose to postpone any vote on accepting new members.