Palestinians, Interpol and the Tools of Authoritarianism Ahmad Khateib/Flash90

Palestinians, Interpol and the Tools of Authoritarianism

The Palestinian Authority’s acceptance into the International Police Organization, more commonly known as Interpol, was troubling to Israel for a number of reasons.

On the surface, it was decried as yet another premature recognition of Palestinian sovereignty. Indeed, the various signed agreements between the parties preclude the Palestinians from conducting any kind of foreign policy prior to a final status agreement, a stipulation that has been violated on many fronts with littleto-no response from Israel and Western power brokers involved in the peace process. But, for the Palestinian leadership, getting into Interpol had less to do with recognition of sovereignty, though they did play up that aspect. The Palestinians already had the United Nations in their back pocket. Interpol is a small fish…