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2 May, 2013

BDS takes Arab and Western worlds by storm – Ahram Online

A flare-up of protest broke out worldwide over a multinational security firm’s complicity in human rights abuses in Israeli settlements, prisons and checkpoints.

Group4Security (G4S), a private British-Danish conglomerate that operates in 125 countries, is the largest private security service provider in the world. It operates in Israel through its largest subsidiary, G4S Israel or Hashmira.

In July 2007, G4S signed a contract with the Israel Prisoner Authority (IPA) to equip and provide security systems to its major facilities, including the Ofer facility in the occupied West Bank, and others such as Ketziot, Megiddo and Damon prisons as well as for the Kishon (“Jalameh”) and Jerusalem (“Russian Compound”) detention and interrogation centres.

G4S services these facilities through providing security equipment such as touch-screen control rooms, CCTV camera monitoring and recording equipment, and fiber-optic communication lines. G4S also lends its services to businesses, shops, and supermarkets in illegal Israeli settlements — also assisting with security equipment at checkpoints.

The company is held complicit for doing business with these sites where torture and unlawful detentions are rampant.

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