Hunger strike turns spotlight on G4S
Protest targets G4S corporation, which profits from
Israel’s brutal imprisonment of Palestinians.
Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
February 3, 2016
New Yorkers took to the streets on Jan. 22 and again on Jan. 29 to protest
the complicity of the G4S corporation in Israel’s imprisonment, torture
and oppression of Palestinians, and to call for freedom for imprisoned
Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq. January 29 was al-Qeeq’s 66th
day of hunger strike. He is now shackled to a bed in Afula Hospital in critical
condition and has been denied access to independent medical care.
The Israeli military ordered Al-Qeeq imprisoned under administrative
detention for six months, renewable without charge. He has had no trial and any
evidence against him is secret. Al-Qeeq is the latest of a number of
Palestinians – including fellow journalist Nidal Abu Aker – to
undertake a long-term hunger strike against the use of administrative detention
without charge or trial. Some 45 prisoners affiliated with the Palestinian
leftist party, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, launched a
two-day hunger strike in solidarity with al-Qeeq, demanding his immediate
The Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has been holding weekly
protests outside the New York offices of the firm G4S, the world’s
largest “security” company and second-largest private employer. G4S
provides security systems and control rooms to Israeli prisons, checkpoints and
police training centers, placing G4S and its equipment at the heart of the
“matrix of control” that governs Palestinian lives under occupation
Some 220 community organizations, trade unions, faith and student groups
from around the world, following calls from Palestinian prisoners and
Palestinian organizations, have urged a boycott of G4S. An international
petition has especially urged the United Nations to stop doing business with
this multinational corporation because of the role it plays in widespread
torture and human rights abuses in Palestine and around the world.
In late January the Hollands Kroon municipality in The Netherlands rejected
a contract with G4S following a campaign by BDS activists, including the
GreenLeft party, urging that G4S be excluded on human rights grounds.
G4S also runs prisons and immigrant detention centers in the U.S. and in
many other countries.
Join Samidoun Palestinian Political Prisoners Solidarity Network every
Friday at 4 p.m. as it pickets in front of the office of G4S at 17 West 44th
Street in New York.
For more information, contact www.samidoun.net.