In 2007, G4S Israel signed a contract with the Israel Prison Authority (IPA), agreeing to provide security systems for IPA facilities in occupied territory and inside Israel. G4S Israel installed and operates the entire security system of the Ktziot Prison, the central control room of the Megido Prison, and security services to Damon prison. The Ktziot, Megido, and Damon Prisons, located inside Israel, are incarceration facilities designated for Palestinian political prisoners.
Holding prisoners from occupied territory within Israel is in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits the relocation of prisoners; Article 76 reads: "Protected persons accused of offenses shall be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted they shall serve their sentences therein." Additionally, the location of prisons within Israel further hinders visitation by family members living in occupied territory who need special permits that are often refused for 'security considerations.'
G4S installed peripheral defense systems on the walls surrounding the Ofer prison and operates a central control room for the entire Ofer compound. Ofer is an Israeli prison for Palestinian political prisoners, located in the West Bank, near the settlement of Givat Ze’ev. In addition, G4S provides security systems for Hasharon compound – Rimonim prison, Abu Kabir, Kishon ("Al-Jalameh") and Jerusalem ("Russian Compound") detention and interrogation facilities.
These facilities house a number of Palestinian political prisoners being held under administrative detention. The Israeli policy of administrative detention, under which hundreds of Palestinians in these prisons are held, allows for the incarceration of suspects without charge of any crime for up to six months and the incarceration can be renewed indefinitely. Administrative detainees have suffered torture and other forms of cruel and degrading treatment during their detention, according to Amnesty International, which has called on Israel to end the practice for decades. Following a mass hunger strike by an estimated 2,000 Palestinian prisoners in early 2012, Israel agreed to return prisoners held in solitary confinement to the general prison population, resume family visits, and end the detention of about 300 prisoners who had not been charged. However, the policy of administrative detention continues, and at least 30 administrative detention orders have been renewed since the strike.
There are reports of extensive torture being carried out within the Israeli prison facilities. Many prisoners and detainees are prohibited from seeing lawyers or family members, who are often denied the special permits needed for visitation. The facilities hold a number of Palestinian child prisoners and detainees. According to Defense for Children International (DCI), each year approximately 700 Palestinian children (12-17 years) from the West Bank are arrested, detained and interrogated by the Israeli army, police or security. These children are sometimes transferred to prisons inside Israel and subjected to ill-treatment, abuse, and torture in contravention to international law.
G4S Israel supplied luggage scanning equipment and full body scanners to several military checkpoints in the West Bank and Erez checkpoint in Gaza. These include checkpoints along the Israeli Apartheid Wall built within the West Bank, de facto annexing land to Israel. The 2004 International Court of Justice advisory opinion found that Israel has breached international obligations by constructing the Wall in occupied territory. Israeli military checkpoints prohibit or greatly impede Palestinian access to places of employment, educational institutions, medical care, freedom of movement, and property. In Qalandia and Bethlehem, the checkpoints sustain Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem.
G4S provides security services to businesses in the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. These include providing security equipment and personnel to shops and supermarkets in Modi’in Illit, Ma’ale Adumim, and Har Adar settlements. G4S Israel has also provided security equipment for the Judea and Samaria Police Headquarters, (“Machoz Shai”) West Bank Israeli police headquarters in the West Bank, which is located in the highly contested E-1 area near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
Israeli settlements violate international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 446, which found settlements to be an obstruction to peace, and UN Security Council Resolution 465, which called on Israel to dismantle existing settlements and cease construction of new settlements, and called upon all states “not to provide Israel with any assistance to be used specifically in connection with settlements in the occupied territories.”
In addition to G4S's role in maintaining the illegal Israeli occupation and violation of Palestinian human rights, G4S violates human rights and labor laws in other countries where it operates. In the United States, G4S provides security systems and technology for prisons and private security systems, and plays a role in detaining and transporting undocumented immigrants.