Intal

Profile

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, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability.
  • According to financial reports submitted to the Belgian Central Bank, Intal receives Belgian government funding through different governmental bodies.
  • Intal claims that Third World Health Aid (TWHA), a politicized Belgium-based organization that receives funding from the Belgian government, provides intal “with financial, logistic and human resources.”
Belgian Governmental Body20172016201520142013
Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Flemish Community, one of the three institutional communities of Belgium)€5,000€6,410€6,327
Région Wallone€5,000
Région Flamande€31,989€31,379€35,699€35,557€39,098
Région Bruxelloise€26,781€29,839€33,048€29,797€42,628
Maribel Social (Federal Public Service Employment)€38,998€36,919€36,322€34,394€35,822

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.”
  • In July 2018, Intal was a signatory on a call to tell President Donald Trump he is “not welcome” in Belgium because he “is also a minister of Israel’s occupation policy and a strong supporter of Israel’s apartheid system.”
  • In June 2018, Intal was a signatory on a statement calling to free Khalida Jarrar. Jarrar, Addameer’s former vice chair, is a senior PFLP official who was indicted for various offenses, including active membership in a terrorist organization (the PFLP) and inciting violence through a call to kidnap Israeli soldiers. She also has been placed in administrative detention multiple times and is again there for being a “threat to the security of the state.”
  • In May 2018, Intal published an article titled “Nightmare and Resistance of Palestinians,” stating that the Nakba “recalls the memory of the more than 400 villages destroyed by the Zionists.” Intal also affirmed that “the origins of the [Palestinian] tragedy date back to November 1917… At this time, the Zionist movement has already made the decision to colonize this territory for almost twenty years.” Intal further considered that “with the [1948] war, the logic of expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Zionist project intensified,” but that “all the Nakba…of the world didn’t succeed to stop the Palestinian resistance” (emphasis added).
  • In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, Intal released statement to “stop impunity and massacre” against the “unarmed Palestinians.” The statement further called for the “respect and promotion of the peaceful demands of the BDS (Boycott – Disinvestment – Sanctions) movement.” The statement ignored the violent nature of the protests, which included Molotov cocktails, arson, and attempts to breach the border fence with Israel.
  • 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.” Intal 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

  • In September 2018, Intal launched a petition calling for Belgium to “not play for apartheid” and not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.
    • In November 2018, Julie Steendam from Intal spoke at an event “about the Eurovision campaign in Belgium and how people can get involved in the campaign locally.”
  • In April 2018, Intal participated in an event about “how and why to boycott Israel.”
  • In March 2018, Intal referred to Franco-Belgian financial institution Dexia’s resell of its subsidiary in Israel as a “victory” of the campaign “Israel colonizes, Dexia funds.”
    • In an interview, Mario Franssen, a spokesperson for Intal and for the Dexia Bank divestment campaign,  stated: “Our first campaign slogan was ‘Dexia out of Israel’, but as we wanted to reach a wide range of organizations with this campaign, we chose to focus on international law and the occupied Palestinian territories since it allowed us to build a broad front around this theme. We knew of course that an active bank in Israel also has links with the settlements. The Israeli economy is fully interconnected with the economy of the occupation. If we could get Dexia to end its activities in the occupied territories, it had to withdraw from Israel.” (Emphasis added).
  • In September 2016, Intal launched a petition for a “Belgian military embargo against Israel.” According to the petition, “Our regions must not support the occupation, the deadly violence and the illegal colonization of Palestine by selling or buying weapons equipment to Israel, which allows it directly or indirectly to perpetuate this often condemned policy.”
  • 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.
  • Continues to campaign against G4S, to end Belgian cooperation with the company over the latter’s work in Israel.
  • 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 a 2011 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.
  • 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.

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