Friday, 4 October 2013

Norwegian union ends G4S contract as "act of solidarity" with Palestinians

A major Norwegian trade union has terminated its contract with security company G4S in protest of the firm’s role in providing equipment and services to Israeli prisons and settlements.

Industri Energi, a trade union for workers in the energy and heavy industry sectors, had been using the company to provide security at its offices in Stavanger in the south of Norway.

Announcing that the contract will now be terminated, union leader Leif Sande told Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen that the move was taken as “an act of solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people.”

G4S is contracted to provide and maintain security equipment at Israeli prisons. The equipment includes monitoring systems, cameras and control rooms in which Palestinians are detained without trial and subjected to torture. The company also provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints and settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The University of Oslo and both businesses and not-for-profit groups across Europe have also cut their ties to G4S as part of an international campaign that was launched by Palestinian prisoner organizations in April 2012. more

Hamas's Mahmoud al-Zahar: “Resistance is the only path”

Palestinian legislator, member of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement, Dr. Mahmoud al-Zahar, stated that resistance is the only means to liberate Palestine, and that his movement will not allow anybody to jeopardize resistance.

His statement came Thursday during a speech in front of more than a 1000 officers in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The event was organized by the Ministry Of Interior in Gaza.

Zahar said that the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank “does not have the legitimacy to hold talks with Israel”, and that “should Abbas refuse to engage in talks, he will be accused to sabotaging the political process”.

The Hamas leader added that only resistance can liberate Palestine, and that the Hamas movement “fought, and won four wars with Israel in the last six years”. more