1. Action Required
4. Sample Letters
1. Action Required
a. Write letters and emails to the CEO of G4S urging him to do whatever he can to ensure G4S discontinues all business with Israel with immediate effect.
b. Attend the vigil:
Date: Friday 03 May 2013
Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: G4S London Headquarters, Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT
Nearest Train/ Tube: Victoria Tube Station
Organised by IHRC and Inminds
IHRC are urging campaigners and activists to protest against G4S for their provision of expertise and security systems to Israeli prisons, and their complicity in the detention and torture of Palestinian children. Most recently, 30 year old Arafat Jaradat, died in an Israeli prison following severe torture by Israeli security in the G4S provisioned Megiddo Prison.
G4S is a British-Danish security firm. Provisions made by G4S to the Israeli security apparatus include 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.
Ofer and Al-Jalame are notorious for having housed Palestinian children in solitary confinement. The internment of children in solitary confinement, as well as their interrogation and torture, is made possible by the technological and logistical support provided by G4S.
Arafat Jaradat, 30, died on Saturday 23 February 2013 following interrogation and torture in G4S provisioned Megiddo Prison and Al-Jalame interrogation centre by Israel’s security service Shin Bet. A postmortem and autopsy of Jaradat’s body revealed clear signs of torture and two broken ribs.
Thousands of mourners gathered for Arafat Jaradat’s funeral, and anger escalated over G4S backed Israeli practice of inhumane torture.
4. Sample Letters
Sample letters are given below for your convenience. Please note that model letters can be sent directly or adjusted as necessary to include further details. If you receive a reply to the letter you send, we request you to send a copy of the letter you send and the reply you received, to IHRC. This is very important as it helps IHRC to monitor the situation with regards to our campaigns and to improve upon the current model letters.
a. Nick Buckles, CEO of G4S
G4S UK & Ireland Head Office
105 Victoria Street
London, SW1E 6QT
Dear Mr. Buckles,
Re: Complicity of G4S in the illegal occupation of Palestine and its involvement in numerous human rights abuses
I am deeply concerned over the complicity of G4S in the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and its involvement in numerous human rights abuses. G4S is providing security systems to help Israel secure prisons and interrogation centres where Palestinian children are being caged and tortured.
Arafat Jaradat, 30 year old Palestinian father of 2 children aged four and two years old, died on Saturday 23 February 2013 following severe torture by Israel’s security service in Megiddo Prison where the whole central command room is provisioned by G4S.
I demand that G4S discontinue all dealings with Israel with immediate effect. Although exiting a few contracts in 2015 is a move in the right direction, it does not go far enough. The fact of the matter is that G4S is still complicit in the torture of children through its ongoing servicing of Israeli security systems.
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this urgent matter.
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