Saturday, 8 June 2013

G4S annual general meeting dominated by controversy over Israeli prison contracts


G4S' involvement in the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli jails dominated the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 6th June, overshadowing all other business, including last year's Olympic security fiasco, said Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) in a press release.

The AGM was also interrupted by protestors shouting 'Who killed Jimmy Mubenga?' in reference to the Angolan asylum seeker who died in England while being escorted onto a plane by G4S security guards in 2011. The protestors, who unfurled a banner saying 'Stop G4S', were escorted from the meeting.

Throughout the two hour AGM, Palestinian solidarity campaigners demanded to know when G4S would be ending its contracts with Israeli prisons, where Palestinian children, women and men are held, often without trial, and routinely tortured. more

Clashes across West Bank as Palestinians mark war anniversary


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Demonstrators in the West Bank on Friday joined mass protests to mark the Global March to Jerusalem, and dozens were lightly injured as Israeli forces tried to disperse them.

In al-Maasara, near Bethlehem, participants in a weekly march suffered tear-gas inhalation. Demonstrators raised Palestinian flags, pictures of prisoners and Palestinians killed by Israel to mark the anniversary of the Six-Day War. Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear-gas canisters at the demonstrators.

Activists praised the unity of Palestinian people and promised more activities to protest Israeli actions.

Dozens of others suffered tear-gas inhalation in Bilin, near Ramallah, where residents and supporters held a weekly protest against settlements, the wall and the confiscation of land. Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at protesters near the wall. more