Last month, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO Committee of the United Nations voted in favour of recognising the London-based Palestinian Return Centre, at a count of 12 votes for and three votes against, with three abstentions. The organisation is now accredited with UN consultative status.
Concerns were raised by those voting against that the organisation was aligned with Hamas. Such allegations were largely spread by Israeli lobby groups that “monitor” pro-Palestinian NGOs and their engagement with the UN, as their alliance is often in contravention to their own interests.
These efforts, the win and the allegations are significant for three reasons.