G4S sells Israeli business but should ‘leave Israeli market entirely’

2 December 2016 - 11:30am
Press release

Responding to news that G4S, the world's largest security company, has reached an agreement on the sale of its Israeli business, Ryvka Barnard, Senior Militarism and Security Campaigner at War on Want, said:

"G4S has long profited from Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, its decision to sell its Israeli business shows that our boycott and divestment campaigns work.

"G4S was servicing Israeli prisons where 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners are detained, and where torture and ill-treatment is rampant. The detention and treatment of these prisoners breaks international law and amounts to war crimes. This is the reality we highlighted in our campaign, and it remains today. It is no wonder that G4S felt the pressure to sell.

"However, G4S remains complicit in human rights abuses through its ownership and investment in the Israeli police academy. If G4S was concerned about human rights, it would leave the Israeli market entirely, as other businesses such as Veolia, Orange, and CRH have done."

 

Notes to editors

For more information or interviews, contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550728

Evening Standard: G4S sells off Israeli prisons arm after pressure groups’ protest

City AM: G4S sells Israeli arm as part of wider rationalisation push

Latest news

Comment: Supreme Court must find for worker's rights in gig economy case

20 February 2018 - 11:30am

Speaking ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the ‘Pimlico Plumbers’ Gig Economy Case, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

“The supreme court case must confirm what many courts have already decided, that claiming these workers were self-employed is a ploy to dodge taxes and deny worker’s rights, such as holiday and sick pay.

Read more

War on Want's commitment to safeguarding and code of conduct

16 February 2018 - 10:30am

The recent reports regarding the conduct of staff working for international humanitarian and development charities focussing on Oxfam, is a crucial reminder of the importance that charities should place on ensuring effective policies and practices in safeguarding, including commitments to recognise and uphold the dignity of local communities that the sector works with.

Read more

Join the conversation

Our action at @Tate tonight calling on #UNIQLO to pay up the $5.5m owed to garment workers. Sign their petition:… https://t.co/KNtr8GsUKi 10 hours 25 min ago
.@UCU has made the campaign against casual contracts one of its national priorities. Staff on casual contracts may… https://t.co/onA2qUUBHh 13 hours 16 min ago
University employers are attacking security for everyone. They want it to be cheaper and easier to hire and fire, w… https://t.co/AwdwFVXu3H 14 hours 16 min ago