UN World Food Program in Jordan drops its contracts with G4S

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan has dropped its contracts with the world’s largest security firm, occupation profiteer G4S, following an ongoing BDS campaign over the firm’s role in Israel’s violations of human rights.

The WFP in Jordan had contracts with G4S worth more than $900,000 in 2015, but WFP has instead hired a local security service provider and joined three other UN agencies in Jordan – UNHCR, UNICEF and UNOPS – in distancing themselves from a company that is deeply complicit in human rights abuses.

The #UNDropG4S campaign has been urging UN agencies globally to end their relationship with G4S. To that end, Jordan BDS has been an integral part of the global campaign and organised several actions locally.

A delegation from Jordan BDS had met with WFP representatives at their offices in Amman on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day this year presenting the case against G4S. In September, a month before the expiry of G4S’ contract with the WFP, Jordanian NGOs wrote an open letter to UN agencies in Jordan calling upon them to drop their contracts with the firm due to its complicity in human rights violations.

Kefah Adnan, member of the Jordan BDS movement, reacted to this victory:

“We welcome WFP’s decision as a step in the right direction. UN agencies must stand on the right side of history and honour their commitment to human rights. Our campaign will continue until UN Women and UNDP, the only two remaining UN agencies with G4S contracts, follow suit.”

Last week, G4S announced that it is selling £88m worth of its investment in its Israel subsidiary. That would consist selling most of its Israeli business, after an effective campaign against the company, waged by the Palestinian-led, global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. Nonetheless, G4S will remain directly complicit in Israel’s violations of human rights through co-running the Israeli Police Academy and servicing Shikun & Binui group in illegal settlements.

Guman Mussa, Arab World Coordinator in the BNC, said:

“We salute the efforts of BDS activists in Jordan and across the Arab World against occupation and mass incarceration profiteer G4S. The campaign against G4S in the region is intensifying from Kuwait to Lebanon to Morocco, and we shall not stop until G4S completely and fully withdraws from its remaining contracts with the Police Academy and the settlements.”

“The BDS movement is also committed to supporting campaigns by other justice movements against G4S for its role in the racist private prison and immigrant detention systems in various countries.”

About Palestinian BDS National Committee

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. For more information, visit www.bdsmovement.net/BNC.

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4 Responses

  1. AddictionMyth
    December 7, 2016, 9:45 am

    Excellent! More proof that the anti-BDS witch hunt is completely misguided and dangerous.

  2. Maghlawatan
    December 7, 2016, 11:29 am

    Israel is harder and harder to sell internationally

    • Misterioso
      December 7, 2016, 3:14 pm

      Prophetic comments by five eminent Jews:

      Then Secretary of State for India and the British cabinet’s only Jewish member, Lord Edwin Montagu’s response to Prime Minister Lloyd George following issuance of the 1917 Balfour Declaration: “All my life I have been trying to get out of the ghetto. You want to force me back there.”

      Henry Morgenthau Sr., renowned Jewish American and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, 1919: “Zionism is the most stupendous fallacy in Jewish history….The very fervour of my feeling for the oppressed of every race and every land, especially for the Jews, those of my own blood and faith, to whom I am bound by every tender tie, impels me to fight with all the greater force against this scheme, which my intelligence tells me can only lead them deeper into the mire of the past, while it professes to be leading them to the heights. Zionism is… a retrogression into the blackest error, and not progress toward the light.”

      Asked to sign a petition supporting settlement of Jews in Palestine, Sigmund Freud declined: “I cannot…I do not think that Palestine could ever become a Jewish state….It would have seemed more sensible to me to establish a Jewish homeland on a less historically-burdened land….I can raise no sympathy at all for the misdirected piety which transforms a piece of a Herodian wall into a national relic, thereby offending the feelings of the natives.” (Letter to Dr. Chaim Koffler Keren HaYassod, Vienna: 2/26/30)

      Albert Einstein, 1939: “There could be no greater calamity than a permanent discord between us and the Arab people…. Let us recall that in former times no people lived in greater friendship with us than the ancestors of these Arabs.”

      Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, 1944: “The concept of a racial state – the Hitlerian concept- is repugnant to the civilized world, as witness the fearful global war in which we are involved. . . , I urge that we do nothing to set us back on the road to the past. To project at this time the creation of a Jewish state or commonwealth is to launch a singular innovation in world affairs which might well have incalculable consequences.”

      • Maghlawatan
        December 7, 2016, 5:32 pm

        http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2016/12/07/israel-palestine-the-end-of-the-bedouins/

        The settlers and the Israeli state have committed many crimes and will commit many more, but the worse crime, a moral monstrosity, is denying us water. They have polluted our wells, filled them with rocks and dirt, dried them up by their deep drilling, and dried up the natural springs. I myself owned between sixty and ninety wells on the hills over there, and all of them have been destroyed. It happened already in the 1970s. At the same time, hundreds of cubic meters of water are being wasted on the settlers, on their lawns and swimming pools. Whole communities have been devastated, their people driven out, displaced by army camps and settlements. Once a hundred families lived here in al-Hadidiya; only 14 are left. …In a war, there is the one who kills and the one who is killed, but what has water to do with this?

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