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Post by sassy on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:10 am

Company Target of Boycott and Divestment Effort for Complicity in Israeli Prisoner Abuse


Palestinian rights advocates are welcoming the decision by British security company G4S to sell its Israeli subsidiary following years of campaigns that have cost the company millions in contracts.

According to the Financial Times, “the company is extracting itself from reputationally damaging work, including its entire Israeli business, which employs 8,000 people and has a turnover of £100m.” G4S has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights due to its role in Israeli prisons where Palestinians are tortured and held without trial, as well as its role in Israeli checkpoints and a police training center.

Campaigns across the United States encouraging institutions to divest from G4S have contributed to pressure on the company. Last year Columbia University became the first university in America to divest from private prisons, including G4S, following a campaign driven by students.

In 2014, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sold the entirety of its $170 million stake in G4S following an international campaign and the United Methodist Church divested from G4S “due in part to concerns about the company’s involvement in human rights violations in the Israeli prison system and the military occupation of Palestinian territories.” In Durham, NC, activists successfully encouraged the county council to end a $1 million private security contract with G4S.


“The decision by G4S to sell its Israeli subsidiary and youth detention services in the US and UK is a direct result of the tireless campaigning by human rights activists around the world, and should serve as an indicator to other multinational corporations that the world will no longer turn a blind eye towards profiting from Israeli apartheid and systematic human rights abuses,” explained Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director.”


G4S is the latest company to succumb to pressure from BDS campaigners. Israeli company SodaStream finally admitted last month that BDS had an impact on its decision to close a factory in an illegal West Bank settlement and French multinational Veolia was forced to exit the Israeli market after losing more than $20 billion in contracts.


“We have seen companies like G4S and SodaStream initially deny the role of BDS in their business decisions, only to admit the obvious impact at a later time. There is no doubt we are seeing a pattern of corporations around the world ceasing activity complicit in Israeli human rights abuses,” said Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.


“We are seeing it with this week’s news about G4S and now cosmetics company Ahava, which just announced that, like SodaStream, it is moving its plant out of the occupied West Bank following a sustained BDS effort. The Israeli government and its allies in the US would like to silence us — that is why they are sponsoring legislation all over the country to block our constitutional right to boycott. We will press on because it is the moral and ethical thing to do.”
As the largest private security company in the world, G4S has long been a target of activists for its complicity in human rights abuses in Israeli prisons, as well as private prisons, juvenile detention centers, and immigrant detention centers in the US and around the world.

“G4S’ announcement to shut down their youth incarceration operations in the U.S. follows the Prison Divestment Campaign‘s recent victories at Columbia University and the University of California when the schools divested from G4S due to its role in mass incarceration. Enlace and our coalition partners will continue to pressure cities, universities, and other institutions across the country to divest from G4S, as well as other prison profiteers like Wells Fargo, until they end all their abusive practices,” said Mary Mendez, Enlace Deputy Director.

Last year, a ‘Black4Palestine’ statement signed by more than 1,000 Black activists and artists, including Angela Davis, Cornel West, Talib Kweli, called for divestment from G4S due to its impact on Black and Palestinian communities.
Kristian Davis Bailey, a co-organizer of the statement and participant in a Stanford campaign that helped pressure The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from G4S, said Wednesday’s news was a testament to grassroots organizing.


“It is clear that the Gates responded to pressure from students and BDS activists around the world, and it is clear we made it too costly for G4S to incarcerate Black people in the US and Palestinians," Bailey said. "Our challenge now is to continue to support South Africans and migrants that G4S still profits from detaining, and to fight larger systems of incarceration and deportation."


Munayyer added: “We remain in solidarity with those who continue to oppose G4S profiteering from the American prison industrial complex and we will continue our own G4S campaigns until it is clear that their apartheid profiteering has ended.”

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Jewish Voice for Peace is a national organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP is one of the fastest growing Jewish organizations in the US, with more than 60 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters.


The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is a coalition of hundreds of US organizations working to end all forms of US support for Israel’s occupation and apartheid policies. We support freedom, justice, and equality for all.


https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/u-s-human-rights-groups-welcome-announcement-g4s-regarding-sale-israeli-subsidiary/




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Re: G4S to divest from Israel

Post by Lord Foul on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:26 am

I dont beleive a word of it...

given G4S's reputation I'd say its more likely Israel escaped from them...... Rolling Eyes
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Re: G4S to divest from Israel

Post by sassy on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:27 am

But they LIKED G4S's reputation, it's why they employed them, the more violent the better.
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Post by Lord Foul on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:29 am

hmm...


prisoners in a british jail were asked for their comments on how well G4S ran the place

10% said good
10% said bad

80% were not available for comment........

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Post by Lord Foul on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:30 am

G4S will henceforth be known as G3S......cos one got away
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Re: G4S to divest from Israel

Post by sassy on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:38 am

In Israel they were asked, but couldn't reply because they were being beaten, and of course they were under 16 so their vote would not have counted anyway.
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Post by Lord Foul on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:42 am

what you fail to see is that with G4S pulling out...someone else will merely "fill the gap" if only their own people...

you dont cure the problem...you merely transfer it.....
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Post by sassy on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:45 am

Don't care, sends a message and affects their economy, they have admitted it.
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Post by sassy on Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:08 am

Oh just before I go:

BREAKING: BDS Victorious as Ahava to Leave Occupied Territory, Move Plant Within Green Line

A battle waged over years by the BDS movement against the Israeli cosmetics company, Ahava, has ended in victory for anti-Occupation activists.  After business news sites reported recently that a Chinese company was in talks to buy the company, the company announced today that it would move its plant from Mitzpeh Shalem in the West Bank to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.  The Kibbutz is near the original plant, but firmly within the Green line.  Construction of Ahava’s new facility will take two years.

Though Yediot Achronot’s headline falsely portrays the company’s announcement as a concession that it was “vanquished by hate,” this is clearly false.  It was without doubt solely a business matter.  Likely, the new Chinese corporate owners, who purchased the company last September for $75-million, didn’t want the headache of constant protests around the world and having their name dragged through the “mud.”  They would much rather buy a product with tremendous potential and grow the business without distractions.  The current Israeli owners would far prefer to cash out on their investment than to uphold the principle that Jews have the right to every inch of the Land of Israel.  Money vanquished “principle.”  In this case, money was right, principle wrong.
Keep in mind that the $75-million purchase price will be divided amongst the current Israeli owners who are kibbutzim (Kalia, Dead Sea, and Mitzpeh Shalem) sited on Occupied Palestinian land, and the Livnat family.  This family is one of the infamous eighteen oligarchal families in Israel who control an enormous amount of the nation’s capital.  So the sale itself will benefit those who have profited from the theft of Palestinian land and resources.
Ahava now joins at least three other companies including Sodastream which have moved from locations in the Occupied Territories to within Israel itself.  Today’s news comes on the heels of G4S’s annual report which [url=http://www.g4s.com/en/Investors/News and Presentations/Regulatory Announcements/2016/03/09/Preliminary Results Announcement/]notes[/url] that it will exit the Israeli market in the next two years:
Through our continuing portfolio management programme, we also expect to exit a number of other businesses with combined revenues of c.£400 million in the next 12 to 24 months including G4S Israel…
 The internatonal firm provides private security services for many Israeli enterprises, prisons and settlements and has been a BDS target for a number of years.
Mazel tov to CodePink for its brilliant Stolen Beauty campaign, and all the other NGOs who worked so hard to achieve this result.  Certainly, the struggle is not over.  But this is a victory to savor.

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2016/03/09/breaking-bds-victorious-as-ahava-to-leave-occupied-territory-move-plant-within-green-line/?utm_content=buffer15722&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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