Finally, U.N. Welcomes Hadassah

In January, the United Nations Committee on Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) finally granted U.N. credentials to Hadassah, the largest women’s (and also the largest Jewish and largest Zionist) organization in the United States. The vote to approve Hadassah, which had been deferred three times in the last year, was 9-5, with three abstentions. The organization had first applied for consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECONSOC) in 1998. But the NGO authorities, in an apparent throwback to the infamous 1975 United Nations “Zionism Equals Racism” resolution (finally repealed ten years later), had objected. Why? Because the organization’s full name is The Women’s Zionist Organization of America.