Monthly Archives: July 2013

G4S’ hidden business in Israel’s prisons

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The Israeli Prison Service’s refusal to let Corporate Watch visit their facilities.

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Corporate Watch request for permission to visit Israeli prisons provided with G4S equipment.

As readers of Corporate Occupation will be aware, we have been covering the involvement of the British-Danish company G4S  in the Israeli prison system frequently during the last year. G4S provides services to all Israeli prisons, including facilities inside the West Bank. The company has come under heavy criticism for its occupation profiteering from many quarters and its prison contracts have come under especially heavy fire, as their services are facilitating Israel’s breaches of international law. Israel frequently transports Palestinian political prisoners from the West Bank to  prisons inside Israel in direct breach of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Once there, many are kept in ‘administrative detention’, an arbitrary detention option where detainees can be held without charge for an unspecified length of time -sometime up to several years. Israel also detains children.

As our previous research has shown, mistreatment of prisoners held by Israel is common. In interviews with prisoners, they have told us of the despair of being held in administrative detention with no end in sight, of weeks long interrogations and threats, sleep deprivation and lack of family visits (interviews are all available in our prison article archive). Continue reading

Funding appeal: Tracking corporate complicity in the siege of Gaza

Dear friends

Corporate Watch is launching an appeal for donations towards the next part of our research in Palestine, this time in Gaza. For the last four years we have focused our attention on the West Bank. However, in November 2013 we plan to travel to Gaza to carry out research on corporate complicity in the siege of Gaza in order to create resources for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

We know money is tight for everyone, but if you can afford to donate something, that would be fantastic. If not, please could you share the project amongst your networks, both to raise money and awareness of what we’re doing.

We have previously funded our work through project funding from a small pool of radical funders. However, Corporate Watch is in a more precarious financial situation at the moment and we have decided to make an appeal to individuals for this project. Your donation will not go towards wages, only towards research and travel costs.

All donations are welcome, even of a few pounds.

We think that continuing our work by travelling to Gaza is important, particularly as the siege isolates people in Gaza from the growing international solidarity movement. We would like to be part of breaking this isolation. To donate by cheque, bank transfer or paypal please click here

Continue reading

Funding appeal: Tracking corporate complicity in the siege of Gaza

Dear friends

Corporate Watch is launching an appeal for donations towards the next part of our research in Palestine, this time in Gaza. For the last four years we have focused our attention on the West Bank. However, in November 2013 we plan to travel to Gaza to carry out research on corporate complicity in the siege of Gaza in order to create resources for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

We know money is tight for everyone, but if you can afford to donate something, that would be fantastic. If not, please could you share the project amongst your networks, both to raise money and awareness of what we’re doing.

We have previously funded our work through project funding from a small pool of radical funders. However, Corporate Watch is in a more precarious financial situation at the moment and we have decided to make an appeal to individuals for this project. Your donation will not go towards wages, only towards research and travel costs.

All donations are welcome, even of a few pounds.

We think that continuing our work by travelling to Gaza is important, particularly as the siege isolates people in Gaza from the growing international solidarity movement. We would like to be part of breaking this isolation. To donate by cheque, bank transfer or paypal please click here

Continue reading

Southern Water’s business partner complicit in South Hebron Hills Violence

Israeli water compay Arad, which has a £7.1 million contract to supply water meters to Southern Water, and is trying to expand further into the UK market, supplies water meters to Ma’on, one of the most violent settlements in the South Hebron Hills region of the West Bank.

In February 2013 Corporate Watch researchers photographed a water installation outside the gates of Ma’on with meters installed by Arad (see photo below, a nearby sign read “World Zionist Organisation, Settlement Division”.)

 

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A water installation outside the gates of Ma’on – Corporate Watch February 2013

A sign belonging to the World Zionist Organisation, Settlement Division - Corporate Watch February 2013

A sign belonging to the World Zionist Organisation, Settlement Division – Corporate Watch February 2013

Arad has also supplied water meters to the settlement of Ariel and to Mekorot, the Israeli state owned water company which denies water to unrecognised Palestinian communities within Israel and to Palestinian communities which have been designated Area C of the West Bank – see Corporate Watch’s previous article for more details. Continue reading