Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Boycott HP
The latest in a long line of businesses that make money from the occupation, HP are best known for their printer cartridges, laptops and ink photocopiers. But what you probably didn’t know is that they also supply specialised technologies to the Israeli army and navy – both of which have committed grave violations of human rights to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
Here’s the low-down on HP’s involvement in the Israeli occupation
- HP is contracted by the Israeli government to provide key IT systems used by the Israeli navy to enforce the deadly blockade and destruction of Gaza. Over the summer these gunboats pounded the Gaza coast and contributed to the deaths of thousands of Palestinians.
- Technologies supplied by HP are also used by the Israeli army to stop the free movement of Palestinians living in the West Bank, and to maintain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, such as the BASEL system – scanners with hand and facial recognition technology to collect biometric data about every Palestinian who is forced to use checkpoints across the West Bank.
- HP are also providing services and technologies to major Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Ariel and Mod’in Illit.
Ironically, for a corporation which is so fundamentally involved in Israel’s surpresion of Palestinian human rights, HP boasts a “global human rights policy,” which can be viewed online. Statements in this include “Respecting human rights is a core value at HP and is embedded in the way we do business” and it claims to; “upholds and respects human rights as reflected in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
The HP campaign is being coordinated by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, who have kick-started the boycott with a PLEDGE TO BOYCOTT HP. Please sign the pledge and follow the latest news at www.palestinecampaign.org