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Calls for escalating G4S boycott over Al-Aqsa violations

Image of a protest against G4S [Aimee Valinski/Flickr]
Image of a protest against G4S [Aimee Valinski/Flickr]

The National Committee of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement called for escalating the BDS campaign against the Israeli occupation and companies cooperating with it, including the British security firm G4S over its involvement in Israeli aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque, Safa News Agency reported.

The initial BDS campaign against G4S was launched in 2012 in response to a call by Palestinians. However despite selling its subsidiary G4S Israel the security firm maintained its presence in Israel through its 50 per cent shares in Policity, a national police training centre which works inside Israeli prisons where thousands of Palestinians are detained.

Policity also holds a contract with Israel to build the Israeli Police Academy in the illegal settlement of Beit Shemesh. This academy offers all forms of training for Israel, which practices torture against the Palestinian people, mainly in occupied Jerusalem.

Read: International attempts to boycott BDS

Policity is also responsible for 40 per cent of the training Israeli police officers receive, a total of 40,000 working hours according to the current contract.

Training includes reigning in demonstrations, raiding homes, investigation, torture, shooting and an arrest campaign carried out by undercover forces against the Palestinians.

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