Days of Palestine

Sunday, January 29

Interpol accepts Palestinian membership

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International police agency Interpol has voted to include State of Palestine as a member in new boost to Palestinian efforts for international recognition.

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

With the new votes, Interpol will have 192 member countries. Interpol did not immediately announce how many members supported Palestinian membership.

UNESCO also approved Palestinian membership, prompting the US and the Israeli occupation state to suspend funding out of protest.

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

Wednesday's secret ballot was a diplomatic win for the Palestinian Authority (PA), as the Israeli occupation state was seeking to postpone the vote.

The Palestinians needed the support of at least two-thirds of the member countries to be accepted.

Several times, the Israeli occupation state and the US have exerted efforts to undermine the PA membership, fearing this would give it the power to hunt Israeli criminals abroad.