Interpol, Risking Politicization, Admits PA as Member

Interpol announced the inclusion of the "State of Palestine" as well as the Solomon Islands on Twitter and its website Wednesday after a vote by its general assembly in Beijing.

A Palestinian bid to join previous year, at an Interpol conference in Indonesia, was foiled by what Israel said was its diplomatic campaign against it.

Israel's foreign ministry did not immediately comment.

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

With the new votes, Interpol will have 192 member countries.

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called it "another failure" for Netanyahu.

PA Deputy Foreign Minister Tayseer Jaradat on Monday told The Jerusalem Post that Israel's opposition to the Palestinians joining Interpol is "unreasonable".

"The Palestinians have clearly not met the standards set by Interpol in contributing to make the world a safer place, in fact the opposite remains true", Heideman said. One should therefore not be surprised when Palestinians conclude that their only non-violent path to ending the occupation is through internationalizing their cause.

Cardin said any "red notices" issued by the Palestinians "will not be recognized in many countries, including the United States". The organization allows member countries to issue warrants for the arrest of suspects in cases where they flee to worldwide destinations.

Palestine is already a member of dozens of worldwide organisations including Unesco, the United Nations cultural agency, and the global Criminal Court.

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Bruno Min, a legal and policy officer at Fair Trials, a Europe-based human rights organization with a special focus on Interpol, said that Israel may also be concerned about the sharing of sensitive data.

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.

In this photo provided by Interpol, delegates are seated for the 86th session of the General Assembly, in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.

"At Interpol, we aim to facilitate worldwide police cooperation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries", it says in a statement on its website.

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