Jordan BDS, today, announced that seven private and public companies have discontinued their service contracts with G4S, the security company.Â This announcement comes in response to a global boycott call againstÂ G4Sâ€™ parent companyÂ for its complicity in Israelâ€™s regime of occupation and settler-colonialism.
In particular, the companies are:
Jordan BDS, according to the PNN, Â has thanked the companies, and also thanked otherÂ companies and banking institutions in Jordan that have, in the past, ended their contracts or refrained from dealing with this security company, including Aramex, Landmark Hotel, City Mall, Mecca Mall, Taj Mall, amongst others.
In addition, Jordan BDS urged all companies, embassies, hotels, and commercial centers across Jordan that may be engaging with G4S to follow the example of the above institutions.
â€śWe renew our appeal to these entities to adhere to universal ethical principles and cease dealings with G4S, given this security companyâ€™s deep complicity not only in Israelâ€™s crimes against humanity but also in violations of the human rights of peoples and refugees around the world,â€ť they said in a statement.
It is noteworthy that G4S wasÂ spottedÂ several weeks ago, in Jerusalem, transporting the metal detectors and electronic gates prior to their erection at Al-Aqsa Mosque.Â G4S isÂ actively trainingÂ Israeli police forces attacking Palestinians in Jerusalem.Â G4S holds 50% of Policity Ltd., the company contracted by the Israeli police to build and operate Israelâ€™s National Police Academy, inaugurated in January 2015.
Finally, Jordan BDS renewed its call to different United Nations (UN) bodies: The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the local and regional offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP Jordan and UNDP MENA), which continue to contract with G4S, to terminate their agreements immediately, in line with theÂ other four UN bodiesÂ in Jordan that have already taken this step.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.