In a statement released by the BDS on Thursday, the computer and technological company is accused of helping the Israeli government suppress the Palestinian people, both in their daily lives and in prison.
Hewlett Packard (HP) is an accomplice in the technological empowerment of the Israeli prison system, where Palestinian prisoners are subjected to torture. In addition to this, a lot of these prisoners are on a hunger strike with the sole support of water and salt because Israel breaches human rights in prisons, which is precisely what the prisoners demand to have before they will end the strike, which has been going on for almost one and a half month.
In the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Palestinian displacements are strictly controlled by Israel with the help of checkpoints, using the system called “BASEL” (commissioned by the Israeli Ministry of the Interior), which employs hand and facial recognition scanners to collect the biometric data of each Palestinian who wants to pass the checkpoint.
HP ensures the development, integration and maintenance of the BASEL system and thus supports the occupation of Palestine by allowing the personal data of the Palestinian population to be stored, controlled and limited, contrary to Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, which declares that: “Every person has the right to move freely …”
HP maintains a contract with the Israeli military providing it with it’s IT infrastructure. The Israeli army is participating in the illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip, preventing the fishermen from doing their jobs properly, and participating in deadly bombings (the last in 2014: 2,076 murders – 500 minors – 10,200 wounded, – 3,000 minors)