Hewlett Packard (HP) is best known for producing our printers and laptops. But it is also complicit in Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestinian land and grave breaches of international law. HP provides Israel with specialised technologies which are integral to Israel’s system of oppression of the Palestinian people. HP profits from the illegal Israeli occupation by providing:
- Key IT systems used by the Israeli navy to enforce the deadly blockade and destruction of Gaza
- Technologies used by the Israeli army to stop the free movement of Palestinians living in the West Bank, and to maintain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, such as the BASEL system
- Services and technologies to major Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Ariel and Mod’in Illit
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What is Hewlett-Packard?
Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) is a US multinational information technology corporation. It is a global provider of computer products and IT services. It is also 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 uses 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 which limits the parts of the West Bank which they can access, and which 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 also 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.
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – don’t buy HP products!