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Alert: Protest G4S AGM - securing Israel's torture dens

5 June 2013

On June 6th activists in London will protest outside the AGM of security firm G4S to hold it to account for its complicity in Israels crimes. G4S secures Israel's dungeons where Palestinian children are caged and tortured.

The British-Danish security firm G4S is providing security systems to help Israel secure prisons and interrogation centres where Palestinian children are being caged and tortured.

These include Ofer prison in the occupied territory where G4S provides the perimeter defense system and the central command control room for the entire facility, and the notorious Al Jalame interrogation centre in northern Israel with its Cell 36 where Defence for Children International reported children are locked in small filthy cells in solitary confinement, some for 65 days, with their only escape being the interrogation room where they are shackled by their hands and feet to a chair whilst being abused, sometimes for hours.

G4S provides the security system that keep this torture den operational.

On June 6th G4S will hold its Annual General Meeting, congratulating themselves on yet another year of profiteering from the suffering of Palestinian children caged and tortured in G4S secured facilities.

Join us as we protest outside the AGM to hold G4S to account for its complicity in Israels crimes.

Thursday 6th June, 1pm
Salters Hall
4 Fore Street
(Moorgate Tube)

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/268868323258131


After 8 months of regular protests by the Palestinian Prisoners Campaign* outside the front door of their headquarters in London on 21 April 2013, the Financial Times reporting that

"G4S to quit key contracts in Israel.. with sporadic international protests continuing both outside the FTSE 100’s headquarters in London and internationally, the company said it would exit the contracts covering Ofer, the checkpoints and the West Bank police headquarters when they terminate in 2015."

and further, quoting Kean Marden, an analyst at Jefferies US investment bank:

“G4S Israel may be next to be divested? The Israel/Palestine conflict has created reputational issues. In our view the potential disposal of G4S Israel could be announced as soon as the 25 June capital markets day.”

At this critical time it's imperative that efforts should be doubled to pressure G4S to totally divest from Israel, not just the West Bank. So once again we will be raising the issue of child prisoners and focusing on G4S secured prisons in 48 Palestine, outside of the West Bank - those prisons G4S has so far not indicated that they will quit. In response to our earlier demonstrations which had focused on child prisoners, the company had issued a statement in January which falsely claimed they were not involved with any prisons that hold children, clearly it was an embarrassment for them. So we will once again focus on child prisoners being held in Al-Jalame detention / interrogation centre near Haifa in Israel for which G4S provides the full security system.

G4S's dirty secret - Al- Jalame childrens dungeon

Al Jalame has come to be known as Israel's children's dungeon with its infamous cell 36 of which so many children have testified about. Deep inside Al Jalame prison, three floors below the surface are located tiny childrens cells, black holes, where Palestinian children as young as 12 years old are caged in solitary confinement, some for 65 days. In a Guardian interview two children described cell 36: "The cell is 2m long by 1m wide, its as big as a mattress, without the toilet. You put down the mattress and in front is the toilet.. There is no window.. the air chokes you.". The room is barely wider than the thin dirty mattress which covers the floor. Its a very thin mattress, only 5cm thick. The yellow light is kept on 24 hours a day to inhibit sleeping whilst the walls have sharp protrusions preventing the child from leaning against them for support. The delivery of food through a locked flap in the door is the only way of marking time, dividing day from night. The breakfast tray is dropped through the flap in the door 30cm from the floor at 4am. If the tray isn't caught in time the food will spill on the floor and the child will be punished if he doesn't finish the food. Where the mattress finishes is a low concrete wall behind which is a hole in the ground toilet. The stench from the toilet has no escape in the windowless room.

The only escape the children have from this cage is the interrogation room where the children, shackled by hands and feet, are abused by Israeli secret police for over 6 hours at a time, until they confess, usually to throwing a stone which carries a penalty of up to 20 years. The children described the gruelling 6 hour interrogation sessions: "On the ground is an iron ring, he puts the cuffs through it with your hands locked on either side. he cuffs your ankles to the chair legs.. You cannot move.. like a statue. They said they would arrest my father and mother and bring them here if I didn't confess. They said "You are forcing us to bring them here, understand that I have the state of Israel behind me, behind you is nothing." Children have testified to being sexually assaulted by the interrogators and threatened with sodomy with an object in order to coerce a confession at Ofer prison which is also secured by G4S. During interrogation at time of arrest before entering the facility children have testified to Israeli soldiers using attack dogs. One boy described how after being shackled so he couldn't move, dog food was placed on his head and the attack dog unleashed to eat off his head, he described his fear as the dogs saliva dripped down his face. They then placed dog food near the boys genitals..

Live updates during protest

We will, inshAllah, be tweeting live from the protest with live photos being uploaded to our facebook page. So if you can't join us on the day, please help us by sharing the photos as they get uploaded.


Palestinian Prisoners Campaign

The Palestinian Prisoners Campaign was launched by Innovative Minds (inminds.com) and the Islamic Human Rights Commission (ihrc.org) on Al-Quds Day 2012. The campaign aims to raise awareness for the plight of Palestinian prisoners and build solidarity for their struggle and work towards their freedom.

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