London - New York 20-7-2015 -The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) express it's satisfaction over the result ECOSOC vote on Monday which granted the centre the ECOSOC NGO Consultative status. The centre consider the outcome as historic, strategic and positive victory for the Palestinian people and their right of return.
The Centre thank all those countries who voted to confirm our ECOSOC status which was initially recommended on the 1st of June 2015. PRC has sought to obtain the status as early as 2011 but was hindered by Israel at all times. Israel has made all efforts to block us where dozens of questions have been directed to delay the application.
PRC is in the process of examining and evaluating the position of the countries which adopted the Israeli motion which was built on fabricated claims.
"We make it clear that this victory is for our Palestinian nation where the ECOSOC has admitted us - an NGO that's dedicated to defend the right of return for Palestinian refugees - despite the very organised smearing campaign orchestrated against us by Israel and its so-called "independent NGOs" which solely funded by the Israeli government and right wing Jewish-American groups in the US. We observed this campaign for years and know very well how they worked hard to deter any support for us". Said PRC spokesperson
The centre will continue to serve Palestinian Refugees and protect their Right of Return which clearly guaranteed by international law, Universal Declaration of Human rights and related UN resolutions; all of which are they key principles of PRC
PRC believes this vote is "strategic victory" and yet another defeat for the Israeli narrative which has no credibility whatsoever as at International community level. The UN member states and International community in general are fed up of the war crimes, Human rights violations and apartheid policies adopted and practiced by Israel, the occupying power.
"Certainly our victory was supported by great powers which refuses the Israeli hegemony backed by American diplomacy. We are reviewing the position of the Europeans very carefully and have plans in place to tackle these positions which were built up due to the pressure of Israel. The vote has revealed the politicised decisions of many member states which pretend to support the work of civil society, human rights, third world countries and UN SGDs" added the statement
United States statements before the NGO committee on 1st of June 2015 and before the ECOSOC meeting, Monday 20 July 2015, was very contradictory. The US stated in their statements that had outstanding remarks and questions that are still un answered" Meanwhile, the centre refuses such statement as the US never bothered to ask a single question while Israel has asked PRC dozens! Certainly, the US had a chance to ask but it chose not to.
PRC states that all appreciation is due to great efforts led by Republic of the Sudan and the support of the Russian Federation and People Republic of China.
The centre also appreciate the efforts exerted by the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the UN which played a central role in making this success feasible. PRC has coordinated closely and continuously with H.E. Ambassador, Dr. Riyad Mansour, and the staff of the mission.