Vigil outside G4S
Date: Friday 01 March 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: G4S, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT
Vigil outside BBC
Date: Sunday 3 March 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA
Arafat Jaradat, died on Saturday 23rd February, following torture in Megiddo Prison by Israel’s security service Shin Bet. A post-mortem revealed signs of torture. Thousands of mourners gathered for his funeral and almost 4,500 Palestinian prisoners refused food on Sunday 24 February in protest over his death.
Due to the rapidly changing situation IHRC has called for two protests to take place this week. The first will take place outside G4S headquarters. The British security company that provides security systems and the central control room at Megiddo prison and security equipment for Al Jalameh. The second demonstration will target the BBC for their silence on covering the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers such as Samer Al-Issawi.
In spite of the increasing international awareness and campaigns on the issue of the Palestinian hunger strikers, BBC only reported on their situation following the death of Arafat Jaradat. Is the BBC waiting for one of these hunger strikers to die before they cover their plight?
Chair of IHRC, Massoud Shadjareh said, “Palestinian prisoners are suffering at the hands of the Israelis, yet the media is neither covering it adequately nor are they covering the fact that a British security company provides support to the Israeli security apparatus. We need to target both the BBC and G4S.”
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