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End HP's involvement in Israel's oppression

Hewlett Packard (HP) is the technology behind the Israeli occupation and oppression of Palestinians.

Their systems are used in biometric ID cards which restrict and control Palestinians' movement. They provide technology and equipment to the Israeli Navy which maintains the blockade of Gaza. Their technology supports the Israeli military checkpoint system.

HP profits from the discrimination and oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank and within Israel. So together with our partners around the world we are campaigning to end HP’s involvement in Israel’s oppression.

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  • HP is the second largest investor in Israeli Information Technology (IT). Its technology and equipment facilitate both the illegal Israeli occupation and apartheid, particularly 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.
  • The Checkpoints. HP’s Basel system is installed at the Israeli military checkpoints in the occupied West Bank. These deprive Palestinians freedom of movement in violation of international law. When the Presbyterian Church wrote to the company about this, it replied saying that their system: ‘reduc(es) friction between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers at barrier checkpoints while expediting the passage process’.
  • The Israeli Military. 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 Settlements. HP employs settlers in Beithar Illit and provides services and technologies to two of the largest settlements in the occupied West Bank (Modi’in Illit and Ariel).
  • Biometric ID cards.
    Occupied Territories
    HP 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 Palestinian National Authority (PNA) insignia are assigned by Israel, which controls the Palestinian population registry.
    Citizens of Israel
    HP facilitates Israeli apartheid with the development of its biometric system that differentiates between Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, among other ethnicities and religions. In other words, as the American Friends Service Committee puts it, “this system takes to a new level of technology the stratification of citizenship rights.”
  • HP Labs at Technion University. In 2012, the HP Labs based at Technion University (Haifa) was its largest center for research and development. Technion itself is considered highly complicit in the occupation, siege and attacks on Gaza as it is a base for research and development for a wide range of military equipment, with close links to Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and Elbit Systems. (working mainly on surveillance and attack drones).

Further information is available from ‘Who Profits’.

For more information or to get involved contact Martial Kurtz at the PSC Office. 

What is Hewlett-Packard Enterprise?
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise  (HP) is a US multinational information technology corporation. It is a global provider of IT services and is one of the top 25 defence contractors with the US Pentagon.
Why is Hewlett-Packard a BDS target?
Palestinian movement within the West Bank is tightly controlled by Israel through the use of checkpoints. The major checkpoints use what is known as the BASEL system. This system uses scanners with hand and facial recognition to collect biometric data about every Palestinian who passes through (or attempts to pass through) the checkpoints.

The biometric data of nearly every Palestinian over the age of 16 is held by the Israeli authorities as part of Israel’s system of control and repression.

HP Enterprise Services, a division of HP, is responsible for developing, integrating and maintaining the BASEL system.

HP not only profits from developing systems to racially profile Palestinians and track and control their movements, it is also complicit in the Israeli apartheid that limits the parts of the West Bank they can access, and restricts their freedom of movement.

As such, it is complicit in the breach of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement…within the borders of each state.”

HP is contracted to provide the Israeli navy’s IT infrastructure. The Israeli navy is used to enforce the illegal blockade of Gaza from the sea, to prevent Palestinian fishermen from carrying out their trade, and to bombard Gaza during major assaults.

Israel’s blockade of Gaza constitutes collective punishment. Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits collective punishment and designates it as a war crime. By contracting with the Israeli navy, HP becomes complicit in the Israeli state’s war crimes against Gaza.

HP has, in the past, supplied PCs to the Israeli army, which enforces the lethal occupation of Palestinian land.