Security Firm Targeted By BDS Announces Sale Of Business In Israel

People protest G4S, a firm which manages security at Ofer Prison in the Occupied Palestine Territories, provides services and equipment to run checkpoints (Credit: StopG4S)

People protest G4S, a firm which manages security at Ofer Prison in the Occupied Palestine Territories, provides services and equipment to run checkpoints (Credit: StopG4S)

JERUSALEM — Security company G4S says it is selling its business in Israel for “commercial reasons” and not because of a boycott movement against Israel.

While announcing its 2015 results Wednesday, G4S said it was selling its business interests in Israel as part of a portfolio review that will see the sale of some 60 other businesses as well.

The company has been the target of a years-long campaign by activists calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. G4S provides security equipment and has contracts with Israel’s prison system. It employs 8,000 people in Israel.

The BDS campaign says G4S’s pullout was a result of its pressure on the company.

G4S spokesman Nigel Fairbrass says Thursday the decision to sell its business in Israel was “entirely” for commercial reasons.

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