Palestine voted into Interpol

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has gained another victory in its drive for global recognition of a Palestinian state as Interpol approved its bid for membership of the organisation today.

Israel's prime minister is criticizing the Palestinian acceptance to Interpol, saying it harms chances for peace.

"On this joyous occasion, the State of Palestine reiterates its commitment to upholding its obligations and contributing to fighting crime and furthering the rule of law", Mr Maliki said in a statement.

In a secret vote of representatives of the worldwide police organisation's members in China, Palestinian membership was approved by 75 to 24 votes, with 34 abstentions - exceeding the two-thirds requirement of yes to no votes.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki on Wednesday welcomed INTERPOL's decision to include the Palestinian Authority as a member state of the organization: "The facts and benefits have overcome the risks", al-Maliki said.

On Tuesday, two Israeli security guards and a border policeman were shot dead by a Palestinian at the entrance to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.

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The U.N. General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state in 2012.

The step fell short of full United Nations membership, but it had important legal implications in allowing the Palestinians access to worldwide bodies, should they choose to join.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office didn't immediately comment on the vote, which comes after Palestinians won recognition in other world bodies. "The murderous terrorist attack in Har Adar yesterday, which has yet to be properly condemned by the Palestinian leadership, is just another example of the unconscionable conduct of the PA/PLO's use of sanctioned violence through an ongoing campaign of hatred, incitement and the providing of financial incentivization and rewards by the Palestinian Authority".

The Palestine Liberation Organization said on Twitter that more than 75 percent of Interpol members voted to approve membership.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, is an global clearing house for arrest warrants and police cooperation against cross-border terrorism, trafficking and other crime.

  • Adam Floyd