Palestine is now INTERPOL member

Palestine is now INTERPOL member

Interpol voted to admit the State of Palestine to the world police organization despite attempts by Israel and the United States to prevent it. Since 2012, when its status in the United Nations was upgraded to "non-member state", Palestine has joined dozens of worldwide organizations.

The statement "Palestinian State and Solomon Islands are now members of INTERPOL" was used.

The U.S. has also argued that "Palestine" should not join Interpol because it is not a state.

Israel's foreign ministry did not immediately comment.

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

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

In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision "seriously harms the chances to achieve peace".

The U.N. General Assembly recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state in 2012 and UNESCO approved it as a full member.

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The Palestinians already have been providing evidence in a preliminary war crimes investigation against Israel at the International Criminal Court, another international body they have joined.

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.

The Palestinian Authority's admittance to Interpol received the necessary two-thirds majority approval during the body's 86th annual conference in Beijing Wednesday.

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.

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

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

Global police agency Interpol has voted to include the "State of Palestine" as a member, in a new boost to Palestinian efforts for worldwide recognition.

The General Assembly discussed the guidelines for membership prior to the vote.

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