Israel & Palestine: G4S says it will quit key contracts by 2015 amid protests against its operations in West Bank

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21 April 2013

G4S to quit key contracts in Israel

Author: Gill Plimmer, Financial Times

G4S...has confirmed it is planning to quit key contracts in Israel amid protests against its involvement in settlements within occupied Palestinian territories...[W]ith...international protests continuing both outside...[G4S] headquarters in London and internationally, the company said it would exit the contracts covering Ofer, the checkpoints and the West Bank police headquarters when they terminate in 2015. “...[W]e concluded that, to ensure that G4S Israel business practices remain in line with our own business ethics policy, we would aim to exit the contracts which involve the servicing of security equipment at a small number of barrier checkpoints, a prison and a police station in the West Bank area,” G4S [said]....The move will nevertheless disappoint protesters, who have called on G4S to end all dealings with the Israeli prison authorities. The security company will continue to service security systems in commercial and government sites inside Israel, including jails housing Palestinian inmates, after 2015.

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Author: Rocío López, HispanTV

Dieciocho organizaciones no gubernamentales de Egipto, Jordania, El Líbano y Palestina han emitido un documento conjunto pidiendo el boicot de sus gobiernos a la empresa G4S. Las ONGs denuncian que dicha compañía provee al régimen de Israel de servicios de seguridad a través de los cuales continúa con su política represiva y de hostigamiento del pueblo palestino...El llamamiento de las ONGs está dirigido al mundo árabe pero también a la Unión Europea...Los firmantes solicitan a la UE que corte cualquier lazo con G4S y le recuerdan que el Parlamento Europeo decidió no renovar su contrato con la compañía debido a su trabajo y complicidad con las cárceles israelíes y con los asentamientos. [se refiere a Hashmira (parte de G4S)]

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