Tayseer Khaled, member of the Executive Committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Head of the Palestinian Expatriate Affairs Department – PEAD welcomed British private security giant G4S’s decision to sell its entire Israeli business within the next 12 to 24 months.
Khaled added “G4s has caved in to strong pressures following the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) high-profile campaign, for whom G4S has been a long-standing target due to its involvement in providing equipment and services to Israeli prisons and detention centers, in which thousands of Palestinian prisoners are tortured and held – including without charge or trial, as well as violating the Palestinian right at the Israeli checkpoint particularly Qalandia notorious checkpoint.
Khaled pointed out that the company had been maneuvering throughout the years. He said “In 2013, G4S announced that it would end its role in illegal Israeli settlements, checkpoints and prisons by 2015, but did not implement the withdrawal. In 2014, it announced that it did not intend to renew its contract with the Israeli prison service when it expired in 2017, but yet to implement the decision.”
Khaled asserted that G4S would have not ceased its activities unless it has inflicted growing economic damage on the company and has since 2012 lost contracts worth millions of dollars by virtue of divestments of private companies, universities, labor unions around the world, inter alia, the Bill Gates Foundation, five British student unions, two British universities, Arab and foreign states, as well as UNICIEF.
Khaled noted that such major steps would leave the door wide open for other academic, cultural and Economic boycott campaign against Israel with a view to forcing it to abide by the international law and legitimacy with regard to the inalienable Palestinian national rights.