Let's turn the power off on HP until it stops its complicity!
Hewlett Packard (HP) is famous for its desktops, laptops, printers. However, HP provides Israel with software & equipment. This makes HP directly complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.
#PowerOffHP until it stops supporting occupation
Write to Enrique Lores, CEO of HP, calling for an end to HP’s role in the occupation and colonisation of the Palestinian people.
HP supplies software and hardware to Israel, which is used at military checkpoints, watchtowers, outposts, fortified gates and the apartheid wall. The technology provided by HP makes it possible for the occupying forces to monitor and control the Palestinian people.
HP’s Basel System is the software that is installed within the biometric sensors that are in place throughout Israeli checkpoints. Palestinians are required to pass through these biometric sensors, powered by HP, whenever they wish to travel within the West Bank.
These biometric sensors, supported by HP technology, allow occupying Israeli forces to police, track and trace the movement of Palestinians.
HP also provides Itanium servers for Israel’s Aviv System. This technology allows Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority to monitor, classify and segregate the population within occupied Palestine through the Yesha database. This compiles information on Israeli citizens within illegal settlements, allowing the apartheid Israeli state to effectively promote its two-tiered system of laws which prioritise the Jewish population over the Palestinians.
Furthermore, HP exclusively provides desktops to all branches of the Israeli military. By providing the Israeli army with the equipment to monitor the imprisonment of over two million Gazans, HP is an active accomplice in Israel’s illegal military blockade of Gaza.
In addition, HP also maintains and profits from the IT infrastructure of Israel’s prison system, which currently holds more than 4,500 political prisoners, including at least 150 children.
By providing the occupation forces with the technology that is used to monitor and regulate the movement of Palestinians, HP is supporting Israel’s brutal colonisation of Palestine.
A huge thanks to Unite the Union, the 1.2m members strong union, who are part of the campaign to oppose Hewlett Packard’s (HP) complicity in the occupation of Palestine. The union passed a resolution to stop any purchase of HP products until HP end their involvement in Palestinian human rights violations.
How is HP involved in the occupation?
HP is the prime contractor that has installed and maintained the control systems at checkpoints which restrict movement for Palestinians, known as the Basel system. This set of restrictions on movement directly contravenes the right to free movement set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The checkpoints erected by Israel causes severe overcrowding and take hours to pass through as thousands of Palestinians attempt to travel through for work. By HP providing the technological material for the Israeli checkpoints, they sustain the humiliation, injustice and dangerous conditions Palestinians face daily.
HP also provides technology and services to the Israeli army and administers the Israeli Navy’s IT infrastructure, despite the widespread abuses of human rights committed by the Israeli military and their continued occupation of Palestine.
Do we need to throw away our HP laptop?
No. We are asking you to sign the current pledge to not buy any more HP products until they end their direct support for the Israeli occupation.
Will boycotting HP help?
Yes, boycotting companies helps to put pressure on businesses that are involved in the illegal occupation. Every time somebody joins the boycott of HP, their oppressive role in the occupation is undermined.
What does HP have to say?
HP’s CEO Meg Whitman stated that the company will “look into” the issue. However, it is already in violation of their policy on corporate responsibility.
When did HP to sell its hardware and technology to Israel?
Since the 1990s, HP has worked closely with the Israeli military and other branches of the Israeli government on a wide range of products related to the occupation of Palestine.
Has HP had any past involvement within illegal Israeli settlements?
In 2005, the Israeli government contracted HP to implement a pilot of its “Smart City” project in Ariel, an illegal Israeli settlement located in the northern occupied West Bank.
Between 2008 – 2015, HP operated a research and development (R&D) centre in Beitar Illit, an illegal Israeli settlement located in the occupied West Bank.
What is required from Palestinians in order to pass these biometric sensors, powered by HP’s technology?
To pass through these biometric sensors, Palestinians must retain a magnetic biometric ID card that contains sensitive information, ranging from fingerprint and retinal measurements, facial, as well as personal data.