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The Economic Activism for Palestine program targets corporations that are profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestine through their involvement in illegal Israeli settlement activity in the occupied West Bank, in perpetuating the restriction of Palestinian basic rights and/or in the exploitation of Palestinian resources and labor. Hewlett-Packard is one such corporation. For more information, read Why HP?
The Coalition to Stop HP has begun a grassroots campaign targeting this corporation—but we need your help. Sign our petition calling on the CEO of HP to stop profiting from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and the violation of Palestinians’ human rights. Specifically, it asks that Hewlett-Packard cancel all contracts that supply the Israeli state with the means—technology, equipment, and expertise—to violate the basic human rights of Palestinians and international law.
By signing this petition, you pledge to boycott HP products until this company pulls out of their unethical contracts in Israel/Palestine.
WW Corporate Headquarters
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1185 USA
Dear Ms. Whitman:
We call on Hewlett-Packard to stop profiting from the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine and the violation of Palestinians’ human rights. Specifically, we ask that Hewlett-Packard cancel all contracts that supply the Israeli state with the means technology, equipment, and expertise—to violate the basic human rights of Palestinians and international law.
These contracts include:
• HP’s contract with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to develop, execute, and maintain the Basel system, a biometric identification system installed at checkpoints in the West Bank. Israeli military checkpoints and barriers are located deep inside the West Bank, and the Basel system is used to severely restrict Palestinian movement, often between neighboring Palestinian towns; in 2011 the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs counted 522 roadblocks and checkpoints obstructing Palestinian movement in the West Bank.
• The manufacture of biometric ID cards for citizens and residents of Israel, including Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem. This system takes to a new level of technology the stratification of citizenship rights, denying Palestinians the rights to civil equality, travel, and residence in their homeland.
• The administration of the Israeli army’s information technology infrastructure (the “virtual army project”), which follows a similar project for the Israeli navy. The Israeli navy has enforced the naval blockade on the Gaza strip since 2007 and was responsible for the raid on the freedom flotilla in 2010 that resulted in the death of nine activists and the injury of many others.
• The 2009 contract to supply all PCs to the Israeli military and the 2011 contract to supply all servers to the Israeli military. HP equipment and services are routinely used for illegal collective punishment activities such as home demolitions, arbitrary restrictions on civilian movement, mass arrests, and administrative detention.
• The “smart city” services to the illegal settlement city of Ariel, deep in the West Bank, and the business partnership with the main distributor of all HP software products, operating from another major settlement city, Modi’in Illit. Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are recognized as illegal and as a major impediment to peace by all countries except Israel.
HP’s Global Human Rights policy states:
"Respecting human rights is a core value at HP and is embedded in the way we do business. . . . HP upholds and respects human rights as reflected in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights."
However, Israeli checkpoints violate Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.” Israeli settlements in the West Bank violate international and often even Israeli law. The Israeli military, as the main enforcers of the occupation, are in violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law.
In his letter in support of divestment at the University of California-Berkeley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote:
"I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college."
The international boycott of firms that supported the apartheid government of South Africa played an important role in overturning that racist regime, and people throughout the world remember which companies supported the boycott, and which companies put profits ahead of human rights. HP now has an opportunity live up to the terms of your Global Human Rights Policy.
Until HP cancels all of the above contracts with the Israeli state, I pledge to stop buying HP products and to encourage other individuals to do the same.