A protest is today being held outside the headquarters of mega security corporation G4S in support of 5 children from the village of Hares who have been falsely arrested, tortured, kept in solitary confinement and forced to give false confessions, all of which has been facilitated by G4S.
G4S has long had close ties with many aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. It has provided security for a large number of businesses illegally located in the occupied west bank. It has provided equipment for the many checkpoints that surround that area. It also has a close relationship with the police including providing them with much equipment and even building then running the police training centre.
Most controversial though is its providing of services to Israels prison service including its “security” prisons where all the political Palestinian prisoners are kept and abused.
Todays protest is in support of the Hares Boys. An explanation of why is at their Facebook page :
DEMAND JUSTICE FOR THE HARES BOYS – PROTEST G4S COMPLICITY IN THEIR TORTURE
On 14th March 2013 in what appears to have been a car accident when a illegal settler car crashed in to the back of an Israeli truck which had stopped due to a flat tire resulting in four people being hurt, was later at the behest of angry settlers presented as an attack by Palestinian stone throwing youth.
Over the next few days over 50 masked Israeli soldiers stormed the local village of Hares in the early hours of the morning and in waves of violent arrests kidnapped the children of the village. In total 19 children were taken to the infamous G4S secured children’s dungeon at Al Jalame where they were violently tortured and locked up in solitary confinement for up to 2 weeks in windowless 1m by 2m cells with no mattress. To coerce confessions from the boys, sexual threats were made against the female members of their families.
After extracting confessions under torture, five of the Hares boys were charged with 25 counts of attempted murder even though there were only four people in the car. Apparently the military court had decided that 25 stones were thrown, each with an “intent to kill”. The five boys – Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Tamer Souf, and Ammar Souf are currently locked up in another G4S secured facility – Megiddo prison where G4S provides the entire central command room.
The next court hearing is on 25th July. A study conducted by the Israeli NGO ‘No Legal Frontiers’ over a 12 month period concluded that 100% of Palestinian children brought before the Military court are convicted. If the five boys are convicted they will be locked up for 25+ years – five young lives ruined with no evidence of a crime let alone their guilt.
Please join us on Monday 22nd July (3 days before their next hearing) to demand the immediate and unconditional release of all the children and to hold G4S to account for its complicity in Israel’s crimes, particularly in the torture of Palestinian children.
Monday 22nd July 2013
5-6:30pm @ G4S HQ
105 Victoria Street,
London SW1E 6QT
Closest tube station : Victoria
You can also read up about this incident at http://haresboys.wordpress.com/
So lets hold this company to account. Not just for the Hares Boys. Not just for all the Palestinians suffering under the aegis of G4S. Not just for their deceptions in their dealings with the UK state in many many forms.
No this monstrosity of a firm is a worldwide menace, it makes its profit of the suffering of others. Its whole raison d’être is to support authoritarian regimes no matter what, as long as it makes them money. There is not a compassionate bone in any one of its directors.
Truly if ever there was a company that represents all that is bad about capitalism and imperialism then G4S are your guys.
Today lets chip away at this behemoth of belligerence and start with getting those poor innocent children free from a life in prison. Give them a chance at a full and free life. Support the Hares Boys and denounce G4S