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G4S: Securing Injustice

G4S is a British private security company that helps Israel run prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are detained. 

Each year the Israeli army arrests thousands of Palestinians in an attempt to suppress any opposition to its continued occupation and apartheid policies. They are arrested under Israeli military orders that prohibit basic civil, cultural, and political rights such as the attendance of demonstrations, membership of political organizations, and the writing of slogans on the Apartheid Wall. 

G4S Israel provides security apparatus, surveillance systems, and maintenance services to Israeli incarceration facilities inside Israel and the occupied West Bank where Palestinian political prisoners are held. Since 1967, 73 Palestinian detainees have died as a result of torture while under Israeli interrogation, the most recent of which was Arafat Jaradat, who was tortured to death in a G4S-secured interrogation center in February 2013. 

The company also provides scanners to Israeli military checkpoints and security services in illegal Israeli settlements.

G4S operates in 120 countries, making it the largest private security company worldwide. In the U.S., G4S operates privatized juvenile detention facilities and works alongside Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection to detain and deport people across the U.S./Mexico border. 

Find more information about G4S via our member group Global Exchange, War on Want and the Palestine BDS National Committee. 

To learn more about Palestinian prisoners, visit the website of Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.  

G4S Campaign Timeline
Major victories since 2010.
In solidarity with Palestinian mass hunger strike, BDS pressure forces G4S to distance itself from Israel’s prison system
June 17th, 2014
Statement from the Palestinian BDS National Committee
United Methodist Church Divests from G4S
June 12th, 2014
Largest Mainline Protestant Church in U.S. Divests from Company Involved in Israeli Occupation

Gates Divests!!! Presbyterians Next?
by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
June 8th, 2014
Help Make This The Biggest Month In U.S. Divestment History!
End G4S Support for Israel's Occupation
June 4th, 2014
Renowned artists and academics call on G4S to end its support for Israel’s occupation.
Corporate accountability for alleged human rights violations in action: UK NCP Initial Assessment of LPHR’s complaint against G4S
June 2nd, 2014
Statement from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
Rights Activists Deliver Petition Demanding Gates Foundation Divest $170m from Corporation Complicit in Torture in Israeli Prisons
April 18th, 2014
Palestinian human rights groups launch worldwide campaign urging the Gates Foundation to divest from security company G4S.
Tell Bill Gates: Divest from Israel's Torture of Palestinians!
by Ramah Kudaimi, Membership & Outreach Coordinator
April 3rd, 2014
Urge Gates Foundation to Divest from Security Company G4S
The Chaos Company
April 1st, 2014
Wherever governments can’t—or won’t—maintain order, from oil fields in Africa to airports in Britain and nuclear facilities in America, the London-based “global security” behemoth G4S has been filling the void. Article in Vanity Fair.
Video: G4S and Child arrest, No minor matter!
December 20th, 2013
A campaign video about child arrests in Palestine by the Israeli military and the complicity of G4S.
Securing Injustice: Legal Analysis of G4S Israel Operations in Occupied Palestinian Territory
November 1st, 2013
Report from Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre.