Guardian highlights solidarity with Palestinian prisoners outside G4S meeting

A story in the Guardian by Jennifer Rankin on June 6th, titled ‘Israeli prison contracts take centre stage at G4S shareholder meeting, highlighted questions raised by some at the annual meeting of G4S – a British multinational security services company – regarding their business in Israel.  G4S, Rankin notes, employs 620,000 people in 125 countries, including some in Israel, but that they recently announced they were pulling out of providing services in the West Bank beginning 2015.  The company, however, will continue to run prisons inside of the green line.

Rankin quoted one wild accusation about the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons by one unnamed shareholder and provided an additional quote from shareholder John Hilary, executive director of the radical anti-Israel NGO War on Want.  The story also featured the following photo from an anti-G4S protest outside the meeting.

Protesters demonstrate in front of G4S's AGM, June 2013

However, the portrayal of a hooded inmate was only one part of this London street theater agitprop – a show which was organized by one of the Guardian’s favorite fringe anti-Zionist groups, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as well as Hilary’s ‘War on Want’.  Here’s an additional photo from the demonstration not published at the Guardian:


Note the reference to Mahmoud Sarsak on the sign to the far right.  

Sarsak is a Palestinian ‘hunger striking’ (football playing) prisoner who has become a cause celebre among activist journalists (at the BBC, the Guardian and elsewhere) despite the fact that he has admitted being a member of the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

War on Want not only helped publicize the event, but issued a June 4th press release about G4S by senior campaigner Rafeef Ziadah, which included the following :

“G4S provides equipment and services to Israeli prisons where Palestinian political prisoners, including child prisoners, are detained and tortured illegally inside Israel.”

As CAMERA recently documented, radical NGOs and Palestinian Authority sites often use the euphemism “political prisoners” to refer to even those Palestinians convicted of violent acts, including lethal terrorist attacks on innocent Israeli civilians – an egregious distortion of a term which is widely understood as referring to those imprisoned merely for their political beliefs.

Evidently, for these G4S protesters, other pro-Palestinian activists and the media outlets which regularly champion their cause, the ‘human rights’ of Israeli victims of Palestinian violence never quite seem to inspire such displays of “liberal” sympathy.   

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  1. Well, I hope the protestors enjoyed their little day out. They could give the whole getting a life thing a bash at some stage.

  2. The article referred to “One shareholder claimed that “children as young as 12 are being held in solitary confinement at G4S prisons”. He asked: “When will [the board] do the right thing and withdraw from providing services to the Israeli prison service.”

    As expected, no evidence was provided to back up this claim. For what it is worth, herewith B’Tselem’s latest figures for minors in custody. Note, solitary confinement is not mentioned- and certainly would have been, had it been in operation.

    • B’tselem doesn’t look at the conditions of these prisoners, but a lot of other NGO and other observers have done and report on what they find.

      In 2012, around 600 Palestinian children were arrested by the Israeli military. … There has been no change in the way Palestinian child prisoners are treated during the various phases of arrest, pretrial detention, interrogation and imprisonment.

      Physical and verbal abuse, solitary confinement, illtreatment, threats, strip searches and detention inside Israel in violation of Article 76 continued to be used by the Israeli authorities and perpetrators have not been held accountable for the violations they commit.

      • And the source of this alleged information is what exactly?
        A verifiable link.
        Without which I will take everything you write with a large pinch of salt as you have demonstrated that you are not to be trusted because of your extreme ignorance and the fact that you are a pathological liar.

  3. War on Want, I remember them a few decades back when they had an ‘up and coming’ wannabe politician as General Secretary, now what was his name?

    Ahh yes now I remember George Galloway. I wonder what happened to him.

    • Clarification:
      Why, if the surveillance is so perfect and is menacing freedom, Newton, Woolwich etc. could happen, unless the itelligence agencies consciously put up frames, as conspiracy nerds are maintaining
      You cannot argue with fanatics about human failure and the limitations of electronic surveillance, as f.e. wikileaks and the motivation of Manning and others. We cannot exclude political notivations for this revelation, f.e. a republican revenge.
      What is astounishing is the oblivioun of the cold war surveillance, under the UKUSA agreement.
      France and the Sovietunion had their own network.

      • Cautious approach
        Strange things happen, a low key officer has open access
        “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
        “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
        But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. “I don’t see myself as a hero,” he said, “because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”
        Once he reached the conclusion that the NSA’s surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, he said it was just a matter of time before he chose to act. “What they’re doing” poses “an existential threat to democracy”, he said.
        For him, it is a matter of principle. “The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The result is people like myself have the latitude to go further than they are allowed to,” he said.
        His allegiance to internet freedom is reflected in the stickers on his laptop: “I support Online Rights: Electronic Frontier Foundation,” reads one. Another hails the online organisation offering anonymity, the Tor Project.

        “On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because “they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent”, and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.
        He views his best hope as the possibility of asylum, with Iceland – with its reputation of a champion of internet freedom – at the top of his list. He knows that may prove a wish unfulfilled.”

        To choose Hongkong, part of Communist China, politically and economically concurring with the USA, host of cyberattacks and espionage against the west and foe of free speech, free unions, free internet is somehow weird and contradicts his assertions.
        He could have taken a flight to Iceland
        Reminds of Assange working as host for Russian tv.

    • Let me know when they publish a comment piece by you an extreme pillock,or if you ever write anything sensible that would be an extreme novelty.

      But, I must compliment you on your choice of name ‘Sanity’, clearly evidence of an extreme sense of irony.

  4. When is the PA going to start paying suicide bombing victims to Israeli families? Its time we stop playing morality and humanity with these evil selfish people.
    PA spends 6% of its budget paying Palestinians in Israeli jails, families of suicide bombers.
    Hamas terrorist who orchestrated 2002 Park Hotel massacre, in which 30 Israelis died, gets $3,000 a month, Channel 2 reports; bomb-maker jailed for 67 killings gets $1,000
    September 3, 2012

    Despite the Palestinian Authority’s financial hardships, it spends tens of millions of shekels each month paying salaries to prisoners held in Israeli jails for security offenses and acts of terrorism against Israel — including mass murderers — and last year Prime Minister Salam Fayyad tripled their monthly pay. The PA also pays monthly stipends to the families of suicide bombers.

    Payments are made not only to members of Fatah, the political faction of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, but also to those of his bitter Islamist rivals from Hamas, and other factions.

    As of May 2011, the PA spent NIS 18 million ($4.5 million) per month on compensating Palestinian inmates in Israeli prisons and a further NIS 26 million ($6.5 million) on payments to families of suicide bombers. In all, such payments cost the PA some 6 percent of its overall budget, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported on Monday night, citing documentation signed by Fayyad.

    The PA also makes payments to Israeli Arabs jailed for security offenses against Israel, the report said.

    Starting in 2003, Palestinian law mandated the dispensation of a monthly salary of NIS 1,000 ($250) to security detainees sentenced to up to five years in prison. The longer the sentence, the higher the pay. An inmate serving a life sentence was paid NIS 4,000 ($1,000) per month.

    An amendment of the law in January 2011 enacted by Fayyad increased the salaries by up to 300%, Channel 2 reported.

    A prisoner sentenced up to three years in prison now receives a base salary of NIS 1,400 per month, and for 3-5 years that rate increases to NIS 2,000, the report said. A NIS 300 bonus is added for a wife, and NIS 50 per child.

    According to the Channel 2 report, the PA-funded salaries are an equal opportunity benefit; members of Fatah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad all receive them.

    Prisoners’ salaries also increase based on how many years they have served. Abdullah Barghouti, a Hamas bomb-maker who was sentenced in 2004 to 67 life terms for orchestrating the killings of 67 Israelis, receives a monthly stipend of NIS 4,000. In less than a year that figure will rise to NIS 6,000 ($1,500).

    Another major Hamas terrorist figure, Abbas al-Sayyeed, convicted of planning the 2002 Park Hotel massacre, in which 30 Israeli civilians were killed as they sat down for a Passover meal, is paid NIS 12,000 ($3,000) per month.

    Prisoners who have sat more than 30 years in Israeli prison receive NIS 12,000 per month.

  5. Arnold Roth who lost his daughter in the Sbarros massacre in 01 to one of these Palestinian Nazis, wrote a great article about the Terrorstinians prisoners.
    Op-Ed: PA Prisoners Are Hungry, But For What?
    May 14, 2012

    Fewer (much fewer) than 1% of the Arab prisoners hunger-striking in Israeli prisons are administrative detainees. Almost all were charged, tried and convicted for the most serious offences you can think of.

    The media are filled with reports about a protest strike by Palestinian Arab prisoners and their friends. What’s it about?

    Two terms keep coming up in almost every report: the strikers are “unjustly imprisoned” and it’s a “battle for freedom and dignity”. But this is not about justice or dignity. Those key terms ought to mean something but as happens so often, they have been hijacked in the name of a vicious war and turned on their heads.

    Some of the talking heads say/scream/shout that this is about administrative detention. But fewer (much fewer) than 1% of the Arab prisoners hunger-striking in Israeli prisons are administrative detainees. Reliable statistics we have seen say there are between five and ten such individuals among the 1,500 to 2,000 hunger strikers. [The protestors estimate that overall there are about 300 administrative detainees in the Israeli prison system.]
    The two who began hunger-striking in March are men called Bilal Diab and Tha’er Halahlah who are administrative detainees, held so far for nine months and 22 months respectively. Their petition came before the High Court of Justice on Monday and was heard and rejected.

    The court pointed to the ongoing ties of the petitioners to terrorist funding and terrorism and that they are a clear and immediate security risk to Israeli citizens. It added (which is also significant) that the Israel Prison Service is meeting or exceeding the standards required by international law regarding prisoner treatment already.

    Diab and Halahlah are in fact leaders in Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The angry voices are demanding that we think of them as unjustly shunted off to prison for the equivalent of failing to pay for a television license. The media and the ranks of ‘activist’ NGOs are currently filled with such voices.
    Of the other strikers, almost all were charged, tried and convicted for the most serious offences you can think of. Hundreds are in prison for murder. Quite a number of them are unrepentant multiple murderers.

    We are tracking the online news photographs (there are many) being pumped out by the wire services to enhance the global impact of this protest. We ourselves have more than the usual amount of familiarity with some of the names and faces.

    When we look past the sad-faced mothers and the photogenic children in the foreground, what we see (and most others don’t notice) is people like Abdullah Barghouti in the posters at the back. This places the whole affair into a different perspective.

    That particular prisoner (see our post: 10-Apr-07: Regarding Abdullah Barghouti) made the bomb that stole our daughter’s life from us. He has never denied the charges against him. On the contrary, like so many jihadists, he was proud of them before he went to prison; he remains proud of them now.

    That particular prisoner, Abdullah Barghouti, made the bomb that stole our daughter’s life from us.
    He says publicly – on US television, for instance – that he will kill more Jews when he gets the chance. More than that: he regrets that the bombings he carried out did not kill more Jews. In his own unforgettable words, “I feel bad because the number is only 66″.

    Prisoners like Barghouti, and not some mythical jaywalkers capriciously locked up administratively by the vindictive Zionist entity, are the cause for whom the Palestinian Arab protestors and their many supporters are out there shouting and burning tyres. The evidence is there in front of your eyes.

    And if you ask: which editor would want to be seen fanning the flames of protest in support of a convicted psychopath like Barghouti serving 67 life terms, then a partial answer is: maybe the editors at UPI, APF, Daily Star – Lebanon, Scoop New Zealand and numerous others. Click on any of the links int he previous sentence to see pictures of hunger-strike protestors standing in front of Abdullah Barghouti’s grim portrait.

    What would you say to the people demonstrating for rights, justice and dignity for Abdullah Barghouti and the hundreds of other convicted murderous thugs?
    Is theirs the cause that gets you up every morning?

    Is the shortage of cable movie channels in their [prison] lives something that gets your adrenalin going?