BOYCOTT actions against disgraced security company G4S are to continue, campaigners vowed yesterday, after it was discovered that the company is to maintain its involvement in running Israel’s national police training centre.
The British firm sold its operations in Israel last Friday after worldwide pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) — though G4S denied the campaign, which cost it millions of pounds in lost contracts, was why it had pulled out of Israel.
However, the security firm is to “retain a presence” in Israel through its involvement in the country’s national police training centre, which it runs in partnership with Israeli private equity fund FIMI.
Palestinian BDS national committee’s Rafeef Ziadah said: “We will continue campaigning until G4S ends all involvement in violations of Palestinian human rights.”
G4S, the world’s biggest security firm, previously helped Israel manage prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture.
Other companies who have pulled out of Israel include Veolia, Orange and Irish cement firm CRH.