Event Report: Protest against G4S complicity in the torture of Palestinian Children


On Friday 9th November 2012, as part of an ongoing campaign by IHRC against Israeli apartheid, 40 human rights activists protested outside the G4S London Headquarters against G4S complicity in Israel’s administrative detention and torture of Palestinian children.

G4S is a British-Danish security firm. Among some of the 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.

G4S have also provided support to illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, and have business interests in maintaining Israeli checkpoints and the Apartheid Wall.

Five activists dressed up as IDF soldiers with paper mache guns as part of a checkpoint stunt outside the G4S HQ to show the public the inhumane treatment that the Palestinians have to endure on a day to day basis in order to get to a hospital. This drew a lot of public attention and some members of the public agreed to participate in the stunt acting as Palestinians trying to reach a hospital but being denied entry due to not having Israeli ID. IHRC also urged all its supporters to write to their local MPs urging them to pressure their Israeli counterparts into releasing all political prisoners, and provided a sample letter on their action alert page for guidance.


For more information please contact the Events Office of the IHRC at (+44) 208 904 4222 (EXT 1011), or via email at events@ihrc.org.