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.

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#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.

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Dear CEO Enrique Lores,

I am writing to express my deep concern about HP’s links with Israel’s military and civil administration and the direct role this plays in sustaining the illegal occupation of Palestine.

I am aware that HP provides the technology for the control systems used in Israel’s checkpoints, is the exclusive provider of computers to the Israeli military and provides the Israeli government with its biometric ID system. I also understand that HP has contracts with the Israeli prison system, despite serious concerns surrounding children’s rights, including those set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Both the checkpoint system and the computers provided to the Israeli military help to maintain the Israeli occupation which is illegal under international law. This is the world’s longest occupation and it has enormous ongoing cost to human life.

The checkpoint system involves significant restrictions on Palestinian movement within the West Bank and it is an infringement on the rights afforded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly Article 13.

HP also play a critical role in providing the biometric ID system for the Israeli administration. These IDs determine the level of rights a holder is entitled to. Currently there are more than 65 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinians in Israel and the occupied settlements. Under this system, Palestinians are afforded fewer rights than Israelis and face fundamental inequality.

HP’s relationship with Israel’s prison system also has significant ramifications due to the detention of children and political prisoners within this system, and the damage this poses to human rights. The UK government has highlighted that these detentions contravene six articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. These violations were described as ‘severe and continuous’ by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. HP’s involvement in the Israeli prison system contributes to these international violations.

I understand that you may wish to avoid adopting an overtly political stance, however support for human rights and opposition to discrimination are legal and ethical positions, removed from partisan politics.

We understand that HP’s current business relationships with the Israeli military and civil administration violate your policies on corporate responsibility. Consequently, we would like further clarity as well as a commitment from HP to withdraw from activity which undermines human rights, including engaging in business with Israel’s military and civil administration.

I hope that you will respond to these concerns and respect the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people.

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Enrique Lores


Let's turn the power off on HP until it stops its complicity!

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.

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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.