27 feb 13

End G4S's complicity in Israel’s prison system

On 23 February, Palestinian Arafat Jaradat was pronounced dead at Israel’s Megiddo prison, in the wake of his alleged torture at the Al Jalameh interrogation centre. The British security company G4S provides security systems and the central control room at Megiddo prison and security equipment for Al Jalameh.  

War on Want calls on G4S to end its complicity in Israel’s prison system. Please take action and send G4S a message on Twitter.

In 2007, G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons. G4S provides systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory inside Israel. Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier.

G4S also provides equipment for Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners. Defence for Children-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) has released an urgent appeal to end the practice of holding Palestinian children from the West Bank in solitary confinement in facilities in Israel. The organization has documented 53 such cases since 2008.

As Palestinian political prisoners began a mass hunger strike on 17 April 2012, Palestinian organisations called for action to be taken to hold G4S accountable for its involvement with Israel’s unlawful detention of Palestinians.

Beyond Israel's prison system, G4S also provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel’s illegal Wall and to the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza. G4S signed contracts for equipment and services for the West Bank Israeli Police headquarters and to private businesses based in illegal Israeli settlements. A panel of legal experts concluded that G4S may be criminally liable for its activities in support of Israel’s illegal Wall and other violations of international law.

Send a message to G4S that complicity in Israel’s prison system and illegal occupation is unacceptable. Tweet a message to G4S

We are especially concerned about the case of Hassan Karajah, Youth Coordinator of War on Want’s partner organisation in Palestine, Stop the Wall. Hassan was arrested on Wednesday 23 January.  His lawyer confirmed Hassan is being interrogated by the same investigators in charge of Arafat Jaradat's case.

War on Want is campaigning for Hassan’s urgent release. We believe that it is unacceptable for Israel to be targeting human rights defenders with such intimidation. Take Action to free Hassan Karajah