In late 2016, security company G4S sold most its Israeli business amid widespread condemnation for its complicity in Palestinian human rights abuses, including illegal detention and torture of Palestinian children.
Trade unions, municipalities, universities, the UK Labour party, churches and other organizations had dropped contracts with or divested from G4S because of its role in the Israeli occupation, heeding the call from Palestinian political prisoners and civil society. As the global movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) grows, multinational companies doing business in Israel are reconsidering their relationships with the Israeli government. Friends of Sabeel North America is proud to have supported the G4S divestment campaign, alongside the United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, and other denominations.
Israeli private-equity company FIMI will buy G4S Israel. Despite this sale, G4S will remain a target of the BDS movement because of its stake in the national police training center and the settlement-profiteer Shikun & Binui group. Additionally, G4S has long been a target of human rights and civil rights campaigns for its widespread abuses ranging from juvenile detention centers in Florida to violence against demonstrators at Standing Rock. According to Riya Hassan of the BDS National Committee (BNC), “The BNC is determined to continue its campaign against G4S, in partnership with other justice struggles across the world. From the US to Palestine, from South Africa to the UK, G4S is profiting from the patently racist mass incarceration business.”
At Friends of Sabeel North America, we commend all those working for peace and justice who, together, applied immense pressure on G4S for its complicity in violating Palestinian human rights.
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