National Day of Action on Hewlett Packard (HP)

UK/PNN/PSC

Palestine Solidarity Campaign has organised a national Day of Action on Hewlett Packard (HP), challenging the corporation’s involvement in Israel’s occupation and systematic oppression of Palestinians.

In more than 20 locations around the UK, activists are holding events and actions to protest HP’s involvement in Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

HP is the second largest investor in Israeli Information Technology (IT).

Its technology and equipment facilitate both the illegal Israeli occupation and system of apartheid, especially through the development of its biometric system used for population and territorial control and surveillance of Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territory.

HP’s Basel system is installed at the Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. This deprives Palestinians of freedom of movement in violation of international law.

HP provided the IT infrastructure for the Israeli Navy, thereby helping to enforce the blockade of Gaza, and supplies the computer systems for the Ministry of Defence.

The company also employs settlers in Beithar Illit and provides services and technologies to two of the largest in the occupied West Bank (Modi’in Illit and Ariel).

Hewlett Packard facilitates Israeli control of the Palestinian population of the occupied West Bank with its biometric identification of Palestinian civilians. The ID numbers for these Green cards that bear the PNA insignia are assigned by Israel, which controls the Palestinian population registry.

HP also facilitates Israeli apartheid with the development of its biometric system that differentiates between Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel.

Interim director of PSC, Sara Apps said:

“Yet again Palestine campaigners are showing we will hold companies to account for their violations against human rights – they will find that their sins come back to haunt them. We’d advise all companies to adopt ethical and human rights policies – and stick to them. Our campaigns expose companies complicit in Israel’s violations and colonisation, and pressure them to end their relationships with Israel’s occupation.”