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EU Boycotts UK Company for Dealing with Israel

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The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement praised the EU on Wednesday for deciding not to renew a contract with the world’s largest security solutions company, because it also does business with Israel.

Group 4 Securicor (G4S), a UK-based company, has provided security services to the buildings of the European Parliament since 2008 – but lost the tender as of April 13, because it also provides security services to Jewish communities, security checkpoints and Israeli prisons at which Arab convicts from Judea and Samaria are held, according to BDS.

The BDS movement claims G4S, which has a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority since 2007, provides security systems for the Ketziot and Megiddo prisons, the Ofer prison, and the Koshon and Moskobiyyeh detention facilities, and provides equipment to Israeli security points in Judea and Samaria, as well as to private businesses in those areas.

According to claims posted on the BDS Movement website by the European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine (ECCP), a network of associations, NGOs, committees and international solidarity movements out of Belgium, 28 Members of the European Parliament issued a letter to then-EU Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, demanding that the Parliament drop its contract with G4S because of its dealings with Israel.  Concurrently, ECCP hired a legal team and conducted a major campaign against G4S, in conjunction with Merton Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Waltham Forest Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods.

“The contract award notice (service contract 118611-2012) published on the EU official tenders’ website on April 13th shows that G4S hast lost its contract with the European Parliament” as a result of the campaign, according to the BDS movement website.

BDS and ECCP failed to mention during their campaign and in their letters of protest that G4S also does business in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan, as well as throughout Europe, in Russia, throughout Asia, in several Latin American countries, in Africa, in the US and Canada.

On Wednesday, a day they called “Palestinian Prisoners Day”, the BDS movement called for San Francisco to halt its dealings with G4S on its website.

The ECCP took the opportunity to praise Palestinians:  “People of conscience across Europe are inspired by the new wave of peaceful resistance by Palestinian prisoners”.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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4 Responses to “EU Boycotts UK Company for Dealing with Israel”

  1. BDS is a shameful organization. They choose to not be a blessing to Israel, and incite others to not be a blessing to Israel. They obviously don't know the Scriptures. Remember that to fight against those who are the apple of God's eye, is to fight against God. http://483years.blogspot.com/

  2. Mark Davies says:

    This is pure Anti-Semitism in the guise of enforced one sided form of political correctness. The hypocrisy of the BDS is utterly shameful and so blatant it actual exposes it for what it is, as stated, pure Anti-Semitism.

  3. Peter Thorp says:

    Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians (and EU)whom you have seen to day, you shall see them again no more for ever [Ex 14:13]

  4. James Davies says:

    anyone who praises the whore of babylon should be shamed.

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