In­ter­pol ap­proves State of Pales­tine mem­ber­ship

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JERUSALEM: In­ter­pol voted on Wed­nes­day to ad­mit the State of Pales­tine as a mem­ber over Is­raeli ob­jec­tions at the in­ter­na­tional po­lice or­gan­i­sa­tion’s gen­eral assem­bly in Bei­jing.

Dealt a diplomatic blow, Israel said In­ter­pol, which is ded­i­cated to fos­ter­ing cross-bor­der co­op­er­a­tion against crime and ter­ror­ism, had made the world a more dan- ger­ous place by let­ting the Pales­tini­ans in. Israel had ar­gued that Pales­tine is not a state and that it is in­el­i­gi­ble to join. Un­der in­terim Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace deals, a Pales­tinian Author­ity was granted lim­ited self-rule in the oc­cu­pied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Shortly be­fore the vote in the Chi­nese cap­i­tal, the Is­raeli For­eign Min­istry said Israel’s ef­forts to de­lay the bal­lot un­til next year had failed. “This vic­tory was made pos­si­ble be­cause of the prin­ci­pled po­si­tion of the ma­jor­ity of In­ter­pol mem­bers,” Pales­tinian For­eign Min­is­ter Riyad Al Ma­liki said in a state­ment.

In­ter­pol said mem­ber­ship ap­pli­ca­tions by the State of Pales­tine and the Solomon Is­lands were ap­proved at its an­nual gen­eral as- sem­bly by more than the re­quired two-thirds ma­jor­ity of votes.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion now has 192 mem­bers.

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

In 2012, the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly up­graded the Pales­tinian Author­ity’s ob­server sta­tus at the United Na­tions to “non-mem­ber state” from “en­tity”, like the Vat­i­can. The step fell short of full U.N. mem­ber­ship, but it had im­por­tant le­gal im­pli­ca­tions in en­abling the Pales­tini­ans to join the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court and other world bod­ies. Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/world

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