G4S and the E1 Settlement Expansion

By Therezia Cooper & Tom Anderson

E1 stands for East-1, the area of the Israeli occupied West Bank to the Northeast of Jerusalem to the West of the illegal settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. In 1994 Yitzhak Rabin unilaterally expanded the borders of Ma’ale Adumim, the third largest settlement in the West Bank, to include the E1 area, these development plans are illegal under international law.

In 2004, under the Sharon government, the Ministry of Construction began work on the infrastructure in E1. In 2006 the Ministry began building a new police station on the hill overlooking Route 1 in the valley below, and Ma’ale Adumim above it.

The Judea and Samaria police force HQ in E1, provided services by G4S
The Judea and Samaria police force HQ in E1, provided services by G4S

View of E1 to the Northeast
View of E1 to the Northeast

G4S Israel provided security equipment to the E1 police station, which is now the headquarters of the Judaea and Samaria Police Department. The police department, established as a result of the Oslo accords cemented the existence of two distinct legal systems in the West Bank, Israeli civilian Law for the settler population and military law for the Palestinian population (see Who Profits, The Case of G4S, pp22).

Surveillance equipment at police station in the E1 area close to Ma'ale Adumim.
Surveillance equipment at police station in the E1 area close to Ma’ale Adumim.

By providing services to this police station, situated on occupied territory, G4S, the largest security company in the world has again demonstrated a complete disregard for international law. The company also provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli prisons and to businesses operating branches in settlements.

In November 2012, in response to Palestinian Authorities’ successful bid for non-member observer status at the United Nations, Benjamin Netanyahu announced that the E1 expansion would go ahead.
The E1 area, empty save for the police station, covers roughly 12 square kilometres and, if developed by Israel will further consolidate Israeli control of the area from Ma’ale Adumim, to the settlement industrial zone of Mishor Adumim and Kfar Adumim settlement. This control will come at a cost to Jahalin Bedouin living inside and on the outskirts of the E1 area who are being moved into areas comparable to reservations.

The Jahalin were forced to leave their homes in the Naqab (Negev) due to the Israeli land grabs during the 1948 ethnic cleansing. The ethnic cleansing continues to this day. Many Jahalin have already been moved to an area near Abu Dis, next to the Jerusalem Municipal Rubbish Dump.

The Israeli Civil Administration is now seeking new areas to move the Jahalin to, and remove one of the few obstacles to its goal of territorial contiguity between Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley.

View from the E1 area of Bedouin communities threatened with ethnic cleansing
View from the E1 area of Bedouin communities threatened with ethnic cleansing

 

Area close to E1 covered with stumps of Palestinian olive trees, cut at an earlier stage of the land grab
The area close to E1 is covered with stumps of Palestinian olive trees, cut at an earlier stage of the land grab

For more info on G4S: 

Who Profits? The Case of G4s

 Corporate Watch – G4S: a Company Profile

 Stop G4S Campaign

For more info on the Jahalin

Stop the Wall – Arab Jahalin: From the Nakba to the Wall

 Jahalin Association

 

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