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Event Report: Sit-in protest against torture and death of Arafat Jaradat

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A report from a sit-in protest inside G4S HQ in London

On Friday 01 March 2013, IHRC and Inminds co-organised a vigil outside the G4S Headquarters in London.  About twenty activists and members of the public convened to protest G4S’ provisioning of Israeli prisons and interrogation centres in which Arafat Jaradat was severely tortured leading to his death.

British-Danish security firm G4S has made provisions to the Israeli security apparatus including a perimeter defence system and command control centre for Ofer prison in occupied Palestine, and security systems for the al-Jalame interrogation centre in Israel.

On Saturday 23 February 2013, Arafat Jaradat, 30, died allegedly following torture in Megiddo Prison by Israel’s security service Shin Bet, leaving his two young children aged 2 and 4, orphaned. A postmortem and autopsy of Jaradat’s body revealed clear signs of torture and two broken ribs. Thousands of mourners gathered for his funeral and almost 4,500 Palestinian prisoners refused food on Sunday 24 February in protest over his death.

At about 3:00pm, some of the protesters occupied the lobby of 105 Victoria Street where G4S is headquartered. They voiced deep concerns over G4S complicity in keeping the Israeli torture dens operational and demanded that G4S immediately discontinue all business with Israel. These concerns followed similar demands that were submitted in a letter for the CEO of G4S, Nick Buckles in October 2012, falling on deaf ears.

The next vigil is -

Date: Sunday 03 March 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, W1A 1AA
Nearest Train/ Tube: Oxford Circus Tube Station

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