After years of effective campaigning, on Wednesday the multinational security services company G4S announced that it would be selling its entire Israeli business section.
The BDS campaigners focused over G4S’s complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation in providing equipment and services to Israeli prisons, checkpoints and the apartheid Wall. G4S was involved in the transfer of Palestinians prisoners some of whom were held illegally, without trial and subjected to torture. Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention specifically prohibits the transfer of protected persons accused or convicted of offenses from occupied territory.
In an official statement G4S confirmed that it intends on selling its entire Israeli business, which has a turnover of £100m with 8,000 employees. The company stated on their website, “Through our continuing portfolio management programme, we also expect to exit a number of other businesses with combined revenues of £400 million in the next 12 to 24 months including G4S Israel…” (link:http://www.g4s.com/en/Investors/News%20and%20Presentations/Regulatory%20Announcements/2016/03/09/Preliminary%20Results%20Announcement/)
The closure of G4S has been achieved directly through the effective campaigning by human rights groups, highlighting the importance and success of boycotts. However, although the move is warmly welcomed G4S still has contracts with Israel that continues to aid the illegal occupation. We therefore, call upon G4S to also immediately cease their existing contracts with Israel.