CCTV watches over an Israeli police station in the Israeli occupied West Bank
Palestinians have called for international action on April 17th 2013 in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Corporate Watch has been investigating the companies involved in the Israeli prison system and this article is part of a series of articles and interviews which will be released over the coming weeks focussing on companies providing equipment and services to Israeli jails.
Tom Woodhead is a Palestine solidarity and anti arms trade activist and recently volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine. On March 1st 2013, he was arrested by Israeli border police whilst participating in the weekly demonstration in Kafr Qaddum in the West Bank. Two Palestinians, Belal Jomaa and Nayif Jomaa were also arrested. Tom spent 11 days in detention in Israel before being deported to the UK. Corporate Watch caught up with him to find out about his experiences, and to get more information about companies operating in Israeli detention facilities. Continue reading
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Tagged 'Security'/Surveillance, Ariel, Arms Companies, Canon, El Al, G4S, Givon immigration prison, International Companies in Palestine, Qedumin, Samsung, Tri-Max
This Corporate Watch op-ed was first published by Electronic Intifada on the 20th of March 2013.
For the last three and a half years the UK-based research cooperative Corporate Watch has been running a project tracking corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine.
After a research visit to Palestine in 2010, we wrote a handbook for activists who want to take action in line with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. In January and February this year, we returned to Palestine to find out what was new on the ground.
Much of Corporate Watch’s research has focused on entering Israeli settlements, seeing how they are financially sustaining themselves, what companies are operating or providing services there and how they are facilitating apartheid and colonization. Continue reading
The Co-operative Asset Management, owned by the Co-Ooperative Group, has confirmed that it has ditched its investment in G4S. The Co-Op owned shares in the British-Danish company through the NCH Pumpkin Fund. Andy Hammerton, Public Relations Manager at the Co-Op told Corporate Watch that these had been divested in Summer 2012. Continue reading
The multinational company G4S is providing security services in the settlement of Gilo.
On the 4th February 2013 Corporate Watch researchers photographed a G4S sign on a building on the road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint.
Gilo is an illegal Israeli settlement in the Bethlehem area with over 40,000 inhabitants.
A G4S sign on a road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint, photo taken by Corporate Watch researchers 04/02/2013
A building bearing a G4S sign on a road leading to the Gilo military checkpoint, photo taken by Corporate Watch researchers 04/02/2013
A view of Gilo settllement
Some of G4S’s other operations in illegal Israeli settlements, uncovered by Corporate Watch, can be found here. Continue reading
On 26th January 2013 Corporate Watch took photos of G4S signs in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Eshkol and Ramot Allon. On 31st January Corporate Watch observed Rapiscan machines at both entrances to the Western Wall compound in East Jerusalem (Rapiscan’s Israeli representative is Hashmira, which is owned by G4S – for more info see here). On 23rd January 2013 researchers photographed a G4S sign on equipment in use at at the Ohel Yitzhak synagogue in the Old City, East Jerusalem.
G4S signage on a fence in the East Jerusalem settlement of Ramat Eshkol
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Tagged 'Security'/Surveillance, Ateret Cohanim, East Jerusalem, G4S, Hashmira, International Companies in Palestine, Old City - Jerusalem, Ramat Eshkol, Ramot, Ramot Allon, Rapiscan, Silwan, Western Wall
The logo and uniform of British/Danish company G4s is becoming ubiquitous on the Israeli high street.
G4S is the largest security company in the world and the largest employer on the London Stock Exchange, operating in 125 countries worldwide. It provides a variety of services in 1948 Israel and the Occupied Territories including providing security for businesses in illegal Israeli settlements, providing equipment and maintenance services to military checkpoints in the West Bank and the Erez checkpoint in Gaza, providing equipment and maintenance services to all Israeli prisons in the West Bank and Israel.
In 2002 G4S purchased Hashmira, one of Israel’s largest security companies. In addition, in 2010 Hashmira purchased Aminut Moked Artzi, one of the oldest private security companies in Israel. As a result the company is now omnipresent within Israel and has a substantial foothold in the occupied territories. Continue reading
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Tagged 'Security'/Surveillance, African migrants, Aminut Moked Artzi, Beer Sheva, Companies with contracts with the Israeli government, Erez, G4S, Hashmira, International Companies in Palestine, Ketziot, Prisons, Retail, Russian Compound, Tel Aviv
The Judea and Samaria police force HQ in E1, provided services by G4S
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. Continue reading
The latest Israeli offensive in Gaza claimed the lives of 162 Palestinians. Four Israeli civilians and one Israeli soldier have also died as a result of retaliatory rocket attacks. During the evening of Wednesday 21 November a ceasefire was reached but the Israeli siege of Gaza continues.
Hundreds of demonstrations have been held worldwide in solidarity with Gaza and a national demonstration is planned in London on Saturday 24 November. Continue reading
We are writing to you regarding your contract with G4S Utility Services, which provides you with meter reading services. Continue reading