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Association Belgo-Palestinienne (ABP)

Profile

Country/TerritoryBelgium
Websitehttp://www.association-belgo-palestinienne.be/
Founded1975
In their own wordsABP is a non-governmental organization founded in 1975 in order to defend and promote the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to their land and their state, rights expressly recognized by the United Nations.

Funding

  • Association Belgo-Palestinienne (ABP) does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.1
  • ABP has received Belgian government funding (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles) since 2005, including €100,170 in 2016, €99,476 in 2015, €102,136 in 2014, €94,825 in 2013, and €98,545 in 2012.

Activities

  • ABP’s stated mission includes:
    • “Informing and mobilizing public opinion, civil society organizations, and media;”
    • “(Lobbying) elected representative in local, regional, national and European institutions;”
    • “Moral, material, and human resource support to Palestinian organizations.”
  • ABP regularly accuses Israel of committing “apartheid,” calling for “the end of the occupation.”
  • ABP condemns Israeli actions taken in response to security threats, calling for the “liberation of all political prisoners” and the “dismantlement of all colonies and the separation wall,” omitting the context of violence or terrorism under which arrests are made and the security wall was built.
  • Rhetoric includes a call for a Palestinian “right of return,” which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • In contradiction with Belgian foreign policy that supports a two-state framework, ABP refers to this framework as a “hypothesis.”
  • ABP calls for the “condemnation of Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity as denounced by the Russel Tribunal on Palestine (2013).” (Emphasis added.)
  • ABP blames Israel alone for the conflict, and considers “the political objective of the Zionist movement, from the outset and in practice, to be the bearer of injustice against the Palestinian people.”

BDS Activities

Other Advocacy Activities

Pierre Galand

  • Pierre Galand has been president of ABP since 1986, and is also the President of ECCP (a Brussels-based association of NGOs cooperating with the UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People), the general coordinator of the Russel Tribunal, the former head of Oxfam-Belgium (one of the leaders in the demonization campaign against Israel), and is a former Belgian Senator.
  • Galand is a prominent figure in BDS and lawfare campaigns against Israel.
  • Galand has been involved in promoting BDS campaigns in Belgium since 2005 (see NGO Monitor’s report, “European Coordinating Committee of NGOs [ECCP] Meeting to Promote Boycotts and Divestment.”)
  • Galand was a presenter at the 2009 UN Committee of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People NGO conference, where he mentioned that he and his colleagues were planning a “Russell Tribunal” against Israel. Such fringe tribunals found the US guilty of “war crimes” in the 1970s, in the 1991 Operation Desert Storm, and the 2003 Iraq War.
  • In 2002, Galand was expelled by the Israeli authorities, together with seven other Belgian activists, under suspicion that they would “likely [] disturb the peace.”
  • In 2015, Galand accused the Israeli government of applying “to the West Bank the same deadly therapy already used in Gaza in 2009 and 2014.”
  • In an April 2016 editorial on ABP’s website, “The dehumanization of the Palestinians,” Galand refers to Gaza as a “big concentration camp” and accuses the “Israeli occupation forces” of kidnapping “1000 children in the last two months of 2015,” without citing any sources for such a claim.

Partners

The organization is a member of  ECCP and partners with Palestina Solidaritei, Centre national de coopération au développement (CNCD-11.11.11), and of Coordination nationale d’action pour la paix et la démocratie (CNAPD).

Footnotes

  1. All translation in this document were made by NGO Monitor.

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