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G4S forced to announce pull-out from Israel’s prison system

Mercredi, 18 juin 2014 - 7h35 AM

Wednesday 18 June 2014



Gesendet: Dienstag, 17. Juni 2014 um 17:49 Uhr

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EU bans poultry exports from illegal Israeli settlements

The EU has informed Israel that it cannot accept the Israeli Agriculture Ministry’s authority to certify products in Israeli settlements, which are illegally built in the occupied Palestinian territory, and therefore Israel is not allowed to export poultry and eggs from illegal settlements to Europe.

The decision is an implementation of the EU’s July 2013 commitment not to recognise Israeli sovereignty over occupied Palestinian territory that came about following grassroots campaigning.

Major campaign success: G4S forced to announce pull-out from Israel’s prison system as BDS pressure plunges company into crisis

British security company G4S has announced that it will stop providing services and equipment to Israeli prisons at which Palestinians are held without trial and subjected to torture.

G4S was forced to make the announcement at a protest-hitshareholders meeting after the Bill Gates Foundation completely divested its $170m stake in G4S as a result of a huge international campaign and the UK goverment opened an investigation into the company’s contracts with Israel.

The company had already lost millions of dollars worth of contracts as a result of BDS campaigning. On Thursday, it was announced that the US United Methodist Church was divesting its funds from the company.

However, Palestinian organisations have argued that the company has a track record of making empty promises and have called for thecampaign against G4S to conitnue until it completely ends its role in Israel’s prison system, military checkpoints and other apartheid infrastructure.

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