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Stop G4S

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G4S is a British private security company that plays a key role in Israel’s apartheid system, providing security services and equipment to Israeli prisons, checkpoints, the Apartheid Wall and the Israeli military and police.

In 2007, G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to run and provide security services for Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners, including children, are held without trial and subjected to torture. G4S is an accomplice in Israel’s use of mass incarceration as a way to dissuade Palestinians from resisting its apartheid system.

G4S provides systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel. Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier.

G4S also provides equipment for Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners.

As Palestinian political prisoners begun a mass hunger strike on April 17 2012, Palestinian organisations called for action to be taken to hold G4S accountable for its involvement with Israel’s unlawful detention of Palestinians.

Since that call to action BDS campaigns have persuaded companies, trade unions, universities and other public bodies across the world to terminate their contracts with G4S, costing the company millions of dollars.

g4s-kcl-protestIn addition to its role in Israel’s prison system, G4S also provides services and equipment to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel’s illegal Wall, the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza, military bases and police stations and businesses in illegal Israeli settlements.

G4S has attempted to deflect the criticism it has been facing by announcing that it intends to end some aspects of its involvement in Israel’s illegal settlements by 2015. But its public announcements make no mention of the prisons G4S helps to run inside Israel. Even if G4S does implement the withdrawals it has announced, it will remain deeply complicit in Israel’s apartheid system, especially its abhorrent prison system.

 

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17 EU members take action against corporate complicity with Israeli crimes

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At least 12 more European governments published online guidance warning firms of the risks involved in trade and other economic links with illegal Israeli settlements, bringing the total number of countries to publish such advice to 17

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BDS pressure forces G4S to distance itself from Israel’s prison system

Students at King's College London protest as part of a successful campaign against G4S

G4S announces future pull out of prisons, but campaign pressure must continue until it does

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Largest US Protestant Church divests from Israeli prison contractor G4S

Students at King's College London protest as part of a successful campaign against G4S

The news follows a decision by the Gates Foundation to divest from G4S and the opening of an official UK government investigation into the company’s activities in Palestine/Israel. BDS pressure has forced G4S to announce that it plans to end its activities inside Israel’s prisons, albeit not until 2017.

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G4S “to end” Israel prison contracts as pressure mounts over torture complicity

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The news came as the Bill Gates Foundation confirmed it has completely divested from G4S. Campaigners are calling for continued action against G4S until it ends all involvement in Israel’s prison system and occupation

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Gates Foundation sells down its shares in G4S

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In the face of worldwide pressure, the Gates Foundation has sold down its shares in the world’s largest Private Military and Security Company, G4S

Briefing

Stop G4S UK campaign briefing

Trade unionists have every reason to challenge G4S as it tramples over public services and union policies. We oppose privatisation, confront racism, and support effective international solidarity, similar to the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions which helped to end the apartheid … Continue reading 

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Bill Gates slammed over links to Israel prison torture

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Palestinian human rights organisations have criticised Bill Gates after it emerged that his charitable foundation is heavily invested in G4S, a private security company that helps Israel run its abhorrent prison system

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Tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel’s prison torture

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Sign the petition at addameer.org/gatesdivest

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BBC says no to occupation profiteer G4S after major campaign

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G4S loses out on a contract with the British Broadcasting Corporation following a campaign backed by big name actors and authors

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War on campus: Ali Abunimah and Max Geller on Democracy Now!

This morning I appeared on Democracy Now! along with Max Geller, a law student at Boston’s Northeastern University and a member of Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine. The university administration this week banned Northeastern Students for Justice in Palestine … Continue reading 

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