Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – British multinational G4S complicit in imprisonment and torture of thousands in Israeli detention

Today, 17 April, is Palestinian Prisoner’s Day

Together with War on Want and Addameer,*) Oban Concern for Palestine stand in solidarity with the thousands of Palestinians held as political prisoners by the State of Israel.

Please take a minute to watch the video about G4S and Israeli detention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=256&v=V8u7yBhaUMI

Join the movement to ‪#‎StopG4S today!

 

Please stand with us in solidarity with these political prisoners struggling for justice. And let us hold G4S to account for its complicity in the imprisonment and torture of thousands in Israeli detention.

Three years ago today, in the midst of a mass hunger strike waged by Palestinian political prisoners, Palestinian human rights organisations called for an international campaign against G4S for its complicity in the abhorrent system of Israeli arrest and detention.

Since 2007 British multinational G4S has provided security systems and other services for Israeli prisons and detention centres holding Palestinian political prisoners.

War on Want is a leading voice in the ‪#‎StopG4S‬ campaign, calling for boycott of and divestment from G4S until it ends its complicity in Israeli apartheid.

As of February 2015, Palestinian human rights organisation Addameer reported that Israel holds over 6,000 Palestinian political prisoners including
163 children, some under 16 years old,
13 Palestinian Legislative Council members, and
over 450 held in administrative detention without charge or trial

Rates of detention have increased dramatically over the past year, but so has the chorus of voices demanding that G4S be held to account.

The campaign is working! Campaigners around the world have been successful in putting pressure on universities, churches and even on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from G4S.

Last year at the G4S Annual General Meeting, its executives were forced to respond to protestors demanding answers and were pressed to come clean on whether they will renew their contracts with Israeli apartheid.

G4S’s comments show that the company is feeling the heat from our campaigns, so now is the time to turn it up!

On this Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, let us renew our commitment to ‪#‎StopG4S.

Please take a minute to watch the video about G4S and Israeli detention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=256&v=V8u7yBhaUMI

Join the movement to ‪#‎StopG4S today!

via Ryvka Barnard, Global Justice Campaigner, War on Want

Addameer (Arabic for consciencePrisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns.

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About Oban Concern for Palestine

. . . supporting people in Palestine and Israel who oppose the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Oban Concern for Palestine are a group of Argyll residents who share an interest in Palestine, a friendship with its people and a deep concern for their welfare. And, for the sake of Israel, we want to encourage the government of Israel to comply with international law. Oban Concern for Palestine believe that the oppression of the Palestinian people is a grave wrong, that the government of Israel is in violation of international law, and that we have a duty to speak up and do what we can to bring it to an end. We welcome new members and supporters. For more information, please contact obanconcern4palestine AT gmail DOT com • +44 7747 300 062 • Oban Concern for Palestine, c/o Stronchriach, Rowan Road, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5TY, UK
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