British Government chosen G4S the official provider of security and cash services for the Olympics 2012 in London. This firm is involved in human rights abuses in Palestine territories and it operates in Jewish settlements in the West bank and east Jerusalem. The settlements are seen by the UK – and nearly all other countries represented at the Games – as illegal according to international law.
The company, which describes itself as the “world’s leading international security solutions group” and as the “official provider of security and cash services for the Olympics,” has already taken on 10,400 new employees for the 2012 Games, the Independent reports.
The construction of the latter was strongly opposed by the international community, including the administration of former U.S. president George W. Bush. The British parliament grilling session comes after fresh international condemnation of Israel’s continuous settlement expansion.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently announced that an additional 850 settler homes are to be built in the West Bank to compensate for the evacuation ordered by the Supreme Court of an outpost housing 30 families.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has repeatedly condemned the settlement building, saying in April that “systematic, illegal Israeli settlement activity poses the most significant and live threat to the viability of the two-state solution… the Israeli government’s policy is illegal under international law, counter-productive, destabilizing and provocative.”
Direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians on a peace deal remain in deep freeze after grinding to a halt in late 2010 over the issue of Jewish settlement construction.