Monthly Archives: November 2013

BDS workshop draws dozens of farmers and agricultural officials in Gaza

From International Solidarity Movement, Maria del Mar Fernandez and Mohammed Abedullah | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

(Photo by Shadi al-Qarra)

(Photo by Shadi al-Qarra)

On Monday, 25th November 2013, a conference on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli apartheid, colonization and occupation was held in Gaza City by the Arab Center for Agricultural Development (ACAD) and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). Continue reading

Palestinians hold solidarity vigil to remember prisoners in Israeli jails

Palestinians hold their weekly vigil at the ICRC in Gaza City in solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails

Palestinians hold their weekly vigil at the ICRC in Gaza City in solidarity with prisoners in Israeli jails

Palestinians held a demonstration at the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Gaza City today in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The demonstration has been held every week since 1995 to remember the prisoners and is a focal point for organising prisoner solidarity campaigns.

The weekly vigils were initiated by Um Jaber and Um Ibrahim, two women who both had sons imprisoned by Israel and wanted to do something to act in solidarity. To read more about the weekly vigil click here.

International companies are profiting from providing services to the Israeli prison system. One such company is G4S, the British/Danish security firm which has held a contract to provide services to the Israeli Prison Service since 2007.

For more information on G4S see Corporate Watch’s company profile.

Hussam Association, a Gaza based organisation of current and former Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, has recently released a statement calling for the prosecution of G4S.

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Israeli surveillance balloon over Khan Younis – 22/11/13

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Israeli surveillance balloon over Khan Younis – 22/11/13

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Gazan farmers and fisherfolk call for food sovereignty and an end to Israeli attacks

Palestinians demonstrate outside UNSCO - 20/11/13

Palestinians demonstrate outside UNSCO – 20/11/13

On 20th November 2013 hundreds of farmers and fisherfolk gathered outside the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East (UNSCO) in Gaza City to demand that the international community take action to prevent the Israeli military’s attacks against them and to end the occupation.

One fisherman told Corporate Watch, “We are only looking for our daily food and a livelihood. We want to ask the UN to pressure the Israeli occupation not to attack us, we are just trying to earn a living for our families”.

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Saad El-Deen Ziada, Farmers and Fishermen Coordinator for the Union of Agricultural Work Committees said “This demonstration was the start of a Palestinian and international campaign to gain access to our lands and control our water. To achieve what we call food sovereignty.

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Photos of Israeli tear gas canisters fired at Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza ‘buffer zone’

Palestinians demonstrate in the buffer zone East of Gaza city on the anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration

Palestinians demonstrate in the buffer zone East of Gaza City on the anniversary of the signing of the Balfour Declaration – Photo by ISM Gaza

On 2nd November 2013 Israeli forces fired tear gas at Palestinians demonstrating in the Gaza buffer zone East of Gaza City, by the Nahal Oz checkpoint. A report of the demonstration by an eyewitness can be viewed here. Pictures of one of the canisters fired at the activists are shown below.

Corporate Watch has written several articles about Israel’s use of tear gas in the West Bank. Some of our previous work can be found here and here. Continue reading

Israeli surveillance equipment close to Palestinian farmland in the Zeitoun area – 10/11/13

Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian farmland in the Zeitoun area, Gaza, 10/11/13

Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian farmland in the buffer zone in the Zeitoun area, Gaza, 10/11/13

Surveillance equipment on top of an Israeli guardpost, Zeitoun, Gaza - 10/11/13

Surveillance equipment on top of an Israeli guardpost, Zeitoun, Gaza – 10/11/13

 

 

Palestinian prisoners’ association calls for the prosecution of G4S

Hussam Association, a Gaza based organisation of current and former Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, has released the following statement calling for the prosecution of G4S. G4S, a British/Danish multinational company, holds a contract with the Israeli Prison ‘Service’ to supply Israeli jails with equipment and services:

“Hussam, the prisoners and liberated association has called human rights bodies and organisations to work on the prosecution of British company G4S that oversees security systems of the prisons of the Zionist Occupation in the West Bank.

The association has also confirmed that it will call for Arab and European human rights organisations and official bodies to take the necessary procedures to put officials of G4S company on trial, for the company’s involvement in war crimes, and crimes against humanity against Palestinian prisoners.

The association announced that it will collaborate with local and international human rights associations to expose the company and build awareness against its involvement in torturing Palestinian prisoners by providing the Israeli occupation with security systems and central observation and control units in prisons of Negev, Megiddo, Damon, Rimon and others that imprison more than 5000 Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and the lands of 1948.

The association has also added that the company has installed defence systems on the walls surrounding Ofer prison in the West Bank. G4S also manages a central control unit for the centre of Ofer Military Court that trials Palestinian detainees from the West Bank, on a daily basis for arbitrary and cruel provisions.

Hussam association has also confirmed that G4S provides security systems for detention and interrogation facilities in many Israeli detention centres, where Palestinians usually face different interrogation methods that are based on physical and psychological torture; such methods has led to the death of many Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of occupation.”

For more information on G4S click here.

Palestinian prisoners’ association calls for the prosecution of G4S

Hussam Association, a Gaza based organisation of current and former Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails, has released the following statement calling for the prosecution of G4S. G4S, a British/Danish multinational company, holds a contract with the Israeli Prison ‘Service’ to supply Israeli jails with equipment and services:

“Hussam, the prisoners and liberated association has called human rights bodies and organisations to work on the prosecution of British company G4S that oversees security systems of the prisons of the Zionist Occupation in the West Bank.

The association has also confirmed that it will call for Arab and European human rights organisations and official bodies to take the necessary procedures to put officials of G4S company on trial, for the company’s involvement in war crimes, and crimes against humanity against Palestinian prisoners.

The association announced that it will collaborate with local and international human rights associations to expose the company and build awareness against its involvement in torturing Palestinian prisoners by providing the Israeli occupation with security systems and central observation and control units in prisons of Negev, Megiddo, Damon, Rimon and others that imprison more than 5000 Palestinian prisoners from the West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem and the lands of 1948.

The association has also added that the company has installed defence systems on the walls surrounding Ofer prison in the West Bank. G4S also manages a central control unit for the centre of Ofer Military Court that trials Palestinian detainees from the West Bank, on a daily basis for arbitrary and cruel provisions.

Hussam association has also confirmed that G4S provides security systems for detention and interrogation facilities in many Israeli detention centres, where Palestinians usually face different interrogation methods that are based on physical and psychological torture; such methods has led to the death of many Palestinian prisoners since the beginning of occupation.”

For more information on G4S click here.

Damage Caused by Israeli airstrike, 2012 – Beit Hanoun

Crater caused by an F16 airstike in December 2012 Beit Hanoun - Photo taken on 6/11/13

Crater caused by an Israeli strike, 2012 Beit Hanoun

Locals told us that this crater was caused by a strike from an Israeli F16 in 2012.

House in Beit Hanoun - destroyed by an airstrike in 2006

House in Beit Hanoun – destroyed by an airstrike in 2006 – photo taken on 6/11/13

They told us that this nearby house was also destroyed in a 2006 airstrike.

Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian farmland in ‘buffer zone’ near Beit Hanoun – 6/11/13

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An Israeli surveillance balloon was hovering above farmers working in Beit Hanoun in the ‘buffer area – 6/11/13.

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close-up of surveillance balloon – Beit Hanoun, 6/11/13

A Palestinian farmer sorts vegetables underneath the surveillance balloon - 6/11/13

A Palestinian farmer sorts vegetables underneath the surveillance balloon – 6/11/13

Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian homes in the 'buffer' zone - 6/11/2013

Israeli surveillance balloon over Palestinian homes in the ‘buffer’ zone – 6/11/2013