Tuesday, 16 August 2016

G4S close to selling Israeli business reports FT

G4S is close to selling its Israeli business following years of pressure from pro-Palestinian activists.

The UK security group is in advanced talks to sell the unit FIMI Opportunity Funds, a private equity group, for $100m. The division employs 8,000 people and supplies security services to the Israeli government, private companies and 35,000 individuals.

Pro-Palestinian campaigners, led by the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS), are expected to welcome the move.

G4S has in recent years been a high-profile target for BDS campaigners because it offers services and equipment to Israeli prisons, including Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank. G4S’s shareholder meetings have been disrupted by pro-Palestinian activists.more

Israeli forces storm Hebron area refugee camp, injure 35 with live fire, tear gas, rubber bullets

35 Palestinians were injured, one seriously, early Tuesday morning during clashes when Israeli forces stormed the al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Locals told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops surrounded the camp around dawn on Tuesday, when they began ransacking homes and interrogating residents in the streets.

Local youth reportedly reacted to the forces, sparking clashes with the soldiers who fired live gunshots, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the youth.

Three youth were injured with live fire, one of whom was evacuated to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Dozens more were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets.