Such material, for instance, is distributed at what are called "informal meetings" that are held during the Human Rights Council sessions. UN rooms are allotted by UN staff to UN-accredited NGOs upon request. Requests are approved if facilities are available and if they meet the UN's requirement that - in the words of the request form - "Accredited NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) may organize information meetings of relevance to the work of the Human Rights Council." The form also stipulates that: "Materials containing abusive or offensive language or images are not permitted on United Nations premises."
These meetings are perceived as fora to influence diplomats and UN staff. As the UN form explains: "NGO parallel events are public meetings and may be attended by NGOs, Permanent Mission Representatives, UN Staff and other persons with access to Palais des Nations."
The meetings are advertised by the UN itself during Council sessions by being posted daily on the UN website under the title "Bulletin of informal meetings."
On March 21, the UN-accredited NGO "The Palestinian Return Centre" held one of these "informal" meetings entitled "Israel's Policy of House Demolitions: A Systematic Mechanism of Displacement," in which featured panelists accused Israel of "apartheid," "war crimes," "crimes against humanity," and "ethnic cleansing." The Palestinian Return Centre was given UN-accreditation in July 2015, despite having known ties to Hamas. The Palestinian Return Centre distributed at the meeting material containing the following: "That is the product of Israel's foundation as settler-colonial state that saw ethnic cleansing as a necessary precondition for its existence."
At the same meeting, featured panelists accused Israel of "apartheid," "war crimes," "crimes against humanity," and "ethnic cleansing." Here is just some of what was alleged at the informal meeting:
Zakaria Odeh, "Civic Coalition for Palestinians, Jerusalem": "So what we are facing really in occupied East Jerusalem in particular and the rest of the combined territories, is a deliberate ethnic cleansing policy."
Munir Nuseibah, Director of "Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic and Community Action Center" [in response to statement from an attendee at the panel that "I would like to make again the analogy of apartheid Israel to apartheid South Africa."]: "First, your comment also on the comparison between the apartheid of Africa and Israel, I agree with you, there is a lot to compare. It seems that there is some colonial mentality that exists in both cases... It is an ethnic cleansing in the way that Israel is actually moving Palestinians out... I would actually say very confidently is that forced displacement ... that Israel is using ... falls under war crimes and crimes against humanity."
To the UN, such material isn't abusive or offensive, and is relevant to a Human Rights Council allegedly dedicated to combating intolerance and terrorism.