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Country/TerritoryBelgium
Websitehttp://www.intal.be/fr
In their own words“The objective of Intal is to build a counter narrative to eliminate obstacles to populations realizing their right to health. To do this, Intal has developed a large movement that brings together professionals and young activists in a network. It collaborates with other popular movements in the south that work towards freedom and development.”

Funding

  • Intal Globalize Solidarity vzw (intal) does not provide funding information on its website.
  • According to financial reports submitted to the Belgian Central Bank, intal receives Belgian government funding through different governmental bodies.
Belgian Governmental Body2013201420152016
Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Flemish Community, one of the three institutional communities of Belgium)€6,327€6,410
Région Wallone€5,000
Région Flamande€39,098€35,557€35,699€31,379
Région Bruxelloise€42,628€29,797€33,048€29,839
Maribel Social (Federal Public Service Employment)€35,822€34,394€36,322€36,919

Activities

  • Claims that the organization “stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their battle against the occupation and for the right of return.”
  • Calls for “the end of Zionism as the State of Israel’s ideology,” a “right of return for all Palestinian refugees, ” and “the end of Israel as a state in which Jews must at all price be the majority and where non-Jewish populations are discriminated against.”
  • Signatory to a 2017 statement marking the anniversaries of the 1917 Balfour declaration, the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, and the Six Day War. The statement calls for “the suspension of the EU’s Association Agreement with Israel” and on the international community “to cease all complicity with continued settlement activity and the myriad of ways that Israel violates international law.” The statement condemns the 1947 UN partition plan, claiming it “resulted in the 1948 Nakba, the demolition of more than 530 Palestinian villages and the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland, and is thus a process of ethnic cleansing”; and claims that European countries “made Palestine carry the consequences of the monstrous genocide of the European Jews by the Nazis; and subsequently they did nothing to require that Israel respect UN resolutions.”
  • In October 2011, intal published an article “Women’s rights in Palestine: a double struggle” that claims that “the Israeli occupation of Palestine is an obstacle for Palestinian women” in “their struggle for rights and equality.” The article suggests that some Palestinian parents “decide to not allow their daughters to go to school and sometimes prefer to marry their daughters at a young age…to avoid degrading treatment [by Israelis] at the checkpoints.” TWHA also claims that “mobility restriction [of Palestinians] increased the number of weddings within same family in the village” and that this “increases the risks of genetic anomalies.”
  • Hosts an annual bike ride through Brussels to draw attention to Israel’s alleged “lack of respect for international law.”

BDS Activities

  • Continues to campaign against G4S, to end Belgian cooperation with the company over the latter’s work in Israel.
  • In 2009, urged Muslims to boycott Israeli dates during Ramadan, advertising such with a poster of “bleeding” dates. The campaign was reminiscent of medieval antisemitic “blood libel” accusations.
  • Runs an “Embargo” campaign, which aims to end arms trade, research, funding, and cooperation between Belgium and Israel. Organized a Nakba Day protest in 2013 as part of the campaign.
  • In 2013, hosted a demonstration in front of the European Commission against investments in Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries. Participants in the demonstration lay on the floor covered in fake blood.
  • Hosts an annual bike ride through Brussels to draw attention to the alleged “lack of Israel’s respect for international law.”
  • Former Vice President of intal Mario Franssen also serves as the spokesperson for the Dexia Bank divestment campaign. Franssen appeared at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, a pseudo-legal framework for demonizing Israel, as a “witness” against Dexia.
  • In an interview, Franssen noted that though he “supports a broader boycott campaign against all of Israel, he and his colleagues came to the conclusion that this would be an unwise strategy. ‘Focusing on Israel would limit very much our ability to rally many groups around the campaign,’ he said. ‘That’s why we decided to focus on the Occupation.’”
  • Advocates against the illegality of BDS campaigns.
  • Intal is also active on issues relating to the Congo, Cuba, Laos, the Philippines, and Latin America.

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