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    Palestine Applies for Interpol Membership

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    Palestine applied to join Interpol, according to the official Palestinian news agency.

    GAZA (Sputnik) — Palestine has applied to join Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, continuing the campaign for the recognition of their state by the international community, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported on Tuesday.

    The application was signed by the country’s Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who explained that Interpol membership would particularly help Palestine to prosecute those who flee the country while awaiting trial on corruption charges.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, during a meeting with Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau Khaled Mashal in Doha
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    Palestine seeks to create a diplomatically recognized independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, according to the borders that were in place until the 1967 Six-Day War with Israel.

    In 2010, Palestine controversially joined the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), when its general assembly voted 107-14 to admit the entity as its 195th member.

    To date, a total of 135 states have recognized Palestinian statehood.

    Israel, backed by the United States, strongly opposes these efforts, arguing that such a state can only be created through negotiations.

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