End HP's involvement in Israel's illegal occupation and violations of human rights
The Hewlett Packard Company (HP) has become notorious for its direct involvement in the Israeli occupation, providing the Israeli regime with technologies of surveillance and control used in the occupied Palestinian territory. In 2015, the company underwent major restructuring, involving a split and subsequent mergers and spin-offs, making it difficult for global civil society to determine the current state of its complicity. However, HP corporations are still profiting from Israel’s abuse and oppression of Palestinians:
- HP Enterprise provides servers to the State of Israel for its population registry. IDs issued based on this registry determine one’s level of rights. Under this system, Jewish citizens have more rights than Palestinian citizens, who have more rights than Palestinians from the West Bank, Gaza, or East Jerusalem.
- HP Inc. is the exclusive provider of computers to the Israeli military, which carries out the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, and in the last decade has carried out the brutal siege of Gaza.
- HP Enterprise provides servers and technology used in Israeli prisons. Israel’s prison system is used to suppress Palestinian political activity, and to stifle opposition to its policies. By helping Israel run its prisons, HP is at the heart of Israel’s use of mass incarceration to undermine Palestinian opposition to apartheid
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The campaign’s successes so far: 1.8m people have already signed the consumer pledge to boycott HP as individual consumers. Worldwide, student societies have called on their universities to boycott HP while Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith-based groups have pledged to divest too. In the US, 20 churches have become HP-free. In the UK, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) declared its offices “HP free zones”. The NUT’s General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, said: “the NUT does not buy or use HP products or services as a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people”.
Activist toolkit: this toolkit pulls together in one place what we hope is everything you are likely to need to run a campaign to Stop Hewlett Packard (HP) in the UK. It draws on the experiences of campaigners over recent years and gives summaries of best ideas, draft motions and advice generally.