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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