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Outcry in Denmark over firm's involvement in occupation
Author: Adri Nieuwhof, The Electronic Intifada, Published on: 15 December 2010
The Danish-British security firm G4S has come under scrutiny after it was revealed last month that it supplies equipment and services to Israel for use at checkpoints and settlements in the occupied West Bank and at Israeli prisons...the Israel Prison Service...detains thousands of Palestinian political prisoners. The outcry over G4S's role in the Israeli occupation was reported in the Danish media...Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Lene Espersen called on G4S "not to carry out activities that might help to sustain illegal settlements," as was reported in Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende on 28 November...A number of large Danish pension funds hold shares in G4S...The Danish National Procurement Service (SKI)...has also asked G4S for a written explanation of the company's activities in the West Bank...Research...revealed that G4S has resumed its activities in the occupied West Bank. Hashmira's [part of G4S] armed security guards were seen on duty in a supermarket in Modiin Illit settlement and in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Shlomo...By providing services to Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank, G4S has contributed to Israel's violations of international law.