'PA joining up with Hamas proves fears about joining Interpol'

PA delegate to UN anti-corruption conference attacks Israel on PA Interpol bid. Israeli delegate points out hypocrisy of joining Hamas.

Gary Willig ,


The Director-General of the Justice Ministry, Attorney Emi Palmor spoke Tuesday at a senior level session of the UN's anti-Corruption convention in Vienna and responded to attempts by the Palestinian Authority delegate to create an anti-Israel atmosphere.

The Israeli and PA delegates made their remarks at the Seventh Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention Against Corruption, which is being held in Vienna, Austria this week. The event takes place once every two years, with representatives from some 180 countries attending.

The PA delegate made an unusual move at the conference when he complained about Israel's efforts to prevent the PA from obtaining membership in Interpol, the international criminal police organization.

This was the second time that the PA delegate to the UN's anti-corruption conference attempted to hijack the event to attack Israel. Two years ago, the PA delegate accused Israel of burning children.

Palmor replied to the PA delegate's provocation in her speech to the plenum: "It is impossible to pass the agenda because of the Palestinian attempt to exploit a professional forum of the UN for the purpose of political attacks unrelated to the discussion. The reconciliation agreement with Hamas proves very well that the Israeli fear, as well as the fear of other countries, that the PA would join Interpol was justified. The PA cannot join with a declared terrorist organization on the one hand and expect to be part of the international fight against crime and terrorism. "

Representatives of Iran and the PA left the plenum during Palmor's address.