The International Police Organization (Interpol) approved the State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands as members during the organizations meeting in China, overcoming the sharp opposition from the United States and Israel, who refuse to recognize the existence of Palestine as a state.
“The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now INTERPOL member countries,” Interpol tweeted.
Palestinian membership was approved by 75 to 24 votes, with 34 abstentions.
Israel and the United States had both attempted to delay the vote for another year, but their petitions were denied. They opposed the measure, arguing that Palestine is “not a state.”
“This victory was made possible because of the principled position of the majority of Interpol members,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said in a statement.
The Palestinian Authority was upgraded to a “non-member state,” from its previous status as an “entity,” in 2012. It was also approved as a UNESCO member in 2011, in a move that was vitriolically opposed by the United States and Israel, who both withdrew funding from the organization in response.