The world's largest security company, G4S, announced today that it is selling most of its Israeli businesses after an effective campaign against the company waged by the Palestinian-led but global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. G4S said that it had suffered "reputational damage."
Reacting to the breaking news and to the fact that G4S will nonetheless maintain some illegal projects in Israel, Rafeef Ziadah, speaking for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), said:
"We have succeeded to push one of the world's largest corporations into selling its key business in Israel. Our globally coordinated campaign has had a real impact. We will continue campaigning until G4S ends all involvement in violations of Palestinian human rights."
"A domino effect is at play here," said Ziadah. "Some investment fund managers are recognising that their fiduciary responsibility obliges them to divest from international and Israeli corporations and banks that are complicit in Israel's persistent violations of international law."
Guman Mussa, Arab World Coordinator in the BNC, added: "It is not every day that human rights campaigners can compel a massive multinational like G4S to end its involvement in serious human rights violations through sustained, strategic grassroots pressure."
Mussa added: "We dedicate this victory to all Palestinian political prisoners who in 2012 had called on the BDS movement to intensify our boycott of G4S due to its role in Israel's prisons, where torture is rife."
G4S is a British security company that helps Israel run prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture and ill-treatment. It is also involved in providing equipment and services to Israeli military checkpoints, illegal settlements and to military and police facilities.