G4S : A security company helping Israel in Lebanon.

You might have seen their security guards, in white shirts with the logo G4S.

G4S is a global company that provide security solutions. In Lebanon they deliver many solutions such as cash solutions and manned solutions.

But in Israel it’s a whole other story, they help the Israeli zionist regime to continue their ideology of apartheid and oppression against Palestinians.

From the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement website G4S “helps Israel to operate prisons at which Palestinian political prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture. G4S also provides equipment and services to illegal Israeli settlements, Israel’s apartheid Wall and the Israeli military.”

Few days ago, after BDS pressure in Jordan, UNCHR dropped its contract with G4S in the country and people overwhelmingly called for the UN to drop all the contracts with the security company because the latter violates international law.

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“The #UNdropG4S campaign has set up a web page that makes it easy for people to write to the UN to voice their concerns and are urging people to join a Thunderclap social media action.”

In June 2014, G4S announced that it does not intend to renew its contract with the Israeli Prison Service when it expires in 2017, adds the BDS website in a campaign timeline. Earlier, the Bill Gates foundation sold its entire state in G4S, costing $170M after wide pressure.

Why doesn’t the Lebanese state do anything to completely stop G4S in Lebanon ?

It is time we target companies in Lebanon that work with G4S and pressure them so that they drop their contracts. These companies are indirectly complicit with Israeli crimes.

More to come.

 

Nakba Day and Palestine: 67 years later.

67 years later, the oppression of the Palestinian people by the Zionist entity of Israel hasn’t stopped, the displacement hasn’t stopped, the killings haven’t stopped, the massacres continue, human rights are violated. People watch the apartheid of Israel, the wall still stands, the “advanced” democracies of the world support it, they applaud the newly reelected Prime Minister, Netanyahu. They wish him good luck and congratulate him, good luck to a killer of more than 500 children in Gaza.

Nakba day last year resulted with the killing of two teenagers, their crimes? Being Palestinians that dared to stand up against the Zionist regime of Israel.

The Palestinians of Gaza are collectively punished in the worst blockade. Palestinians of West Bank are oppressed with raids to arrest children that threw rocks. Rocks are scary, rocks are far more dangerous than “intelligent” missiles according to the most moral army of the world, the “IDF”.

Palestinian refugees leaving the Galilee in October–November 1948

The land is being stolen, colonies are decided and built, illegally of course, despite the condemnations of nations. These nations are very good at condemning Israel and then saluting it.

And yet Palestine will remain, it remains in the hearts of Palestinians and in every conscious heart. The conscious knows the crimes of Israel, shouts at Israel, denounces Israel and does what he can to fight Israel. The conscious knows that injustice will end one day. He knows that the walls of oppression will be destroyed. He knows that the men and women behind the apartheid will face Justice, not amnesty. He knows that peace between Jews and Muslims in Palestine-Israel can exist without racism and hatred.

The resistant fights Israel with arms or peacefully. He Boycotts, Divests and Sanctions Israel. The moment money flows into the apartheid system of Israel, it hurts Palestinians. Every artist that plays in Israel normalise Israel. Every item sold outside Israel normalise its child labor use. Every time someone buys an Israeli product from an Israel company, he says yes to its crimes, especially when the product has been made illegally inside the West Bank.

Knesset, Netanyahu, his predecessors, his racist government, those who threaten to kill children and who already did, will have to face justice.

Your next #BDS target : American Eagle.

This week, it has been reported that Netanyahu received 90% of his last 3 campaign money from US donors,  Buzzfeed, the first publisher of these facts, linked the families with their businesses.

Here’s an excerpt.

Closely following them were the Book family of New Jersey, owners of Jet Support Systems, with four members each contributing $11,000 each, and the Schottenstein family, owners of the American Eagle fashion chain, whose four members donated $10,000 each.

American Eagle is present worldwide and in Lebanon.

It means that our Lebanese pounds directly go to the Shottenstein family pockets. (or through royalties) This money goes back to Netanyahu campaigns, and he doesn’t even have to ask !

“He doesn’t even have to ask and they give,” said one Likud Party campaign adviser, who asked not be named as he was not approved to speak to the media. “Their pocketbooks are always open for Netanyahu.”

For those who don’t know, Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, has in less than 3 years, launched two wars against the already blockaded Gaza. By War I mean indiscriminate areal bombings against civilians, notably during his last war “Protective Edge” where his “brave” democratic army managed to slaughter 500 children.

Should we wait for Netanyahu to launch a war against Lebanon to start boycotting those brands ? Or should we, as citizens of conscience and ethics, fight peacefully against the Israel apartheid ?

I have seen a reaction on Twitter : the person claimed that we should not care about American Eagle, their income wouldn’t shrink considering their worldwide presence, and oh, we should first elect a president ! I don’t know if he has a list of “to-do’s” where he must first checked off the election of a Lebanese president and after that, stand against the vile Netanyahu ?

BDS arms destroying the chains of Apartheid, represented by the West Bank Wall. Courtesy of Latuff.

I guess he thinks that the boycott and BDS mouvement don’t work, but he is very wrong. He must read this list that show explicit advances against Apartheid in Israel for 2014. Here’s the link.

I have also written a call for the boycott of three other active firms in Lebanon, HP, Caterpillar, and Re/Max, the latter is a world-wide real estate company that sell exclusively for Jews in East Jerusalem, illegally occupied since 1967.

I hope American Eagle will at least lose revenues in Lebanon.

Why should Lebanon boycott HP, Caterpillar and Re/Max.

How do you combat Israeli Apartheid peacefully ? How can you help Palestinians inside and outside of Palestine grasp a bit of hope for their future ? Boycott. Divest. Sanction. BDS.

I won’t speak about Starbucks, McDonald’s, Pepsi, this rock band that will probably go to Israel. I will speak about brands that directly helps the illegal occupation of the West Bank.

It is important that citizens of conscience, before boycotting a product or a brand they have a doubt about, search for themselves the true reason and repercussion of buying this product. And I don’t mean follow untrusted or doubtful links on the internet. There are NGO’s who could advice you whether you should boycott a product and reveal its true and direct repercussion on the lives of millions of Palestinians.
The Most prominent of them is of course is the BDS movement. There is also whoprofits.org

Who Profits from the Occupation is a research center dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international companies in the continued Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land.

It is important to not just follow rumours or conspiracy theories before boycotting something. If something caught our attention, we should research it, and in the era of fast information, research was never easier to do.

The Lebanese government tries its best to ban products that are Israeli or related to Zionism. But these products that seem acceptable should also catch their attention and the attention of every conscious Lebanese.

HP.

HP helps directly with the racist Israeli Apartheid.

Through its subsidiary EDS Israel, HP is the prime contractor of the Basel System, an automated biometric access control system installed and maintained by HP in checkpoints throughout the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt).

HP additionally helps manufacture ID cards with the Israel government that enforces the separation. HP also provides services and technologies to the Israeli Army.
I believe that the common buyer and consumer could totally boycott HP, their computers and printers are totally replaceable.

Caterpillar.

Caterpillar is the world largest manufacturer of mining and construction equipment.

Here’s an excerpt from whoprofits.org

The company’s machines were used for the demolition of Palestinian houses in the occupied Palestinian territories, the construction of settlements, the Separation Wall and settlement infrastructure on Palestinian land, for creating roadblocks, dispersing demonstrations and as weapons.

An extensive report on their involvement with Israeli racist and unjust system is available here.

A 50-ton Caterpillar D9T bulldozer, the type that crushed Rachel Corrie. This and similar Caterpillar models, sold to the Israeli government and used to demolish Palestinian homes, are the target of increasing protests.

If you happen to be in the construction business, boycott Caterpillar and try to disseminate this information.
The Lebanese exclusive provider of Caterpillar products is the Jallad Group. Jallad Group should immediatly stop their business with Caterpillar or the Lebanese government should put pressure on them. How do we Lebanese, victims of Israel harsh wars and massacres, can accept this ?

Re/Max Lebanon.

Re/Max is a Colorado-based real estate firm. It is present in Lebanon and in Israel. In Israel, it has been reported by the Electronic Intifada that it only sells home to Jews in East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem is illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.

Active in the Israeli market since 1995, RE/MAX sells and rents houses and apartments in colonies reserved exclusively for Jews in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Much of that work is coordinated in an office that the Israeli subsidiary of RE/MAX runs in Maale Adumim, a major settlement in the West Bank.

I don’t know how Re/Max got past this in Lebanon, but the  revelations are still new. If you plan to buy,sell, or rent a home, use another real estate firm.

I am happy the Lebanese government bans products that come from Israel. But it has to act more vigilantly as firms like HP Caterpillar and Re/Max get easily past their guard.

Never forget Palestine.

Palestine exists, their people exists, they have a dialect, origins, culture, history and patrimony.

They lack something primordial, self-determination. Palestinians are hostages of the world blindness. Yet the world has proofs and facts, it sees, but close their eyes. People of the world will be forced to admit Israeli apartheid, segregation, separation, racism and lies.

Do I have to present you facts ? Do I have to point at every injustice the holy land witnesses ? Do I have to tell you that Israel continues to steal land in the West Bank, and that in fact, no one recognizes those lands as legal propriety ? Do I have to read the names of every victim, every war, every massacre committed, every entire family wiped out ? Do I have to remind you of the inhuman blockade of Gaza, world biggest prison ?

Israel apartheid regime will fall, not with weapons, but will self-awareness and love, with international support and call for justice.

Palestine, Israel, call it whatever you want, will be one country where everybody shall be free and equal, regardless of their origins, color, religion.

It starts with you.