Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

INTERPOL VOTES AGAINST ADMITTING PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY



INTERPOL, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has voted against admitting the nonexistent "State of Palestine" as a member. The vote, which came at the annual General Assembly meeting, was 68 against, with many abstaining.

The organization took additional steps regarding future members; it plans on creating specific criteria for membership, to be presented at its 2017 meeting, in Beijing. For the time being, all applications for membership have been suspended.

The well-founded fear that designated terrorist organizations would gain access to classified counter-terrorism intelligence, through Palestinian membership, has been a major factor. The long history of the association between terrorists, and Palestinian groups, has given a factual basis to that threat.  An additional issue has been the fact that Palestine is not a sovereign state, and is only an observer at the United Nations. 

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