United Methodists for Kairos Response (UMKR) calls upon all United Methodist laity and clergy to boycott HP products until HP companies cease to enable and profit from Israel's violations of human rights and international law.
See below:  information about the international boycott of HP products.

For decades, The United Methodist Church has opposed the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and the multi-faceted violations of Palestinians' rights that occupation incurs. In 2012, the church called on all companies to cease profiting from and supporting the occupation. (See Resolution #6111: Opposition to Israeli Settlements.)

For many years, an ecumenical group of church leaders engaged in corporate advocacy with HP.   (See the history of engagement.)

Today, Hewlett Packard technology and services are still a key part of the Israeli occupation regime over the West Bank and Gaza.

See  below:  information about the role of HP technology and services in Israeli's oppression of Palestinians.

UMKR also calls for United Methodist congregations to join the HP-Free Churches Campaign, brought to us by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).

See below: FOSNA'S HP-Free Churches campaign.

UMKR has prepared two HP-focused resolutions for use by United Methodists in 2017.

See and download the resolutions here.

UMKR has sent letters to HP companies regarding their involvement in Israel's systemic human rights violations and UMKR's call for boycotting HP products. See the letters here.

Coming soon on this page:

More resources you can use at your church or in your community to build support for the HP boycott.


Why Boycott HP?
Source of information below:

See detailed information about HP from the Israeli organization, Who Profits: https://whoprofits.org/HP
Download the Who Profits report on HP (PDF, 28 pp)

See AFSC's information about HP and their investment screening tool: Investigate

Read the AFSC article: You just have to be human: resisting apartheid and occupation

HP provides and operates much of the technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonialism over the Palestinian people. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the prime contractor of the Basel system, an automated biometric access control system employed within Israel’s checkpoints and apartheid wall. The ID cards distributed as part of this system form the basis of Israel’s systematic discrimination against Palestinians. HP technology helps the Israeli navy enforce the siege on Gaza.

Woman with a dying baby in her arms is forced to leave the ambulance from the West Bank and step into one from Jerusalem to reach the hospital in East Jerusalem. Photo: Tamar Fleishman/ MachsomWatch.org

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There are many ways you or your group  or your church

can take part in HP Boycott actions.

See below, suggestions from UMKR.

There are more ideas from the BDS National Committee at: https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp/week-of-action

1. Ask your church to pledge to be HP-free.
Learn more about the HP-Free Churches campaign here

"Santa Cruz church becomes first US congregation to boycott HP for role in Israeli occupation"Read the story

2. Your church isn't ready for that?  Hold an informational teach-in .

Use the PREZI presentation FOSNA has prepared to talk to your church leaders and congregation about why boycotting HP is essential to justice and to the values held by Christian communities. Go to this page and scroll down to see the presentation and to get the Notes for the presentation.

At the end of  that page, see also the list of Additional  Resources

3. Launch a campaign to get HP de-shelved from a local store. 

You just need a few friends or family members to join you.
Engage with the management of a store that carries HP products.  If the store refuses to de-shelve those, hold signs and flyer outside to escalate pressure and educate shoppers about HP and Palestine. Or hand out flyers on a busy street during shopping season. Gather local signatures for the Boycott HP petition (see above).

Coming soon on this page:
More resources you can use at your church or in your community to build support for the HP boycott.


HP company Electronic Data Systems (EDS), now Hewlett Packard Enterprise, is the prime contractor of the Basel system, an automated biometric access control system used in Israel’s checkpoints and apartheid wall.  

These checkpoints fragment and segregate the Occupied Palestinian Territories and its residents through electric fences, watchtowers, sensors, and concrete barriers. The checkpoint system separates Palestinian workers from their jobs, farmers from their land, students from their schools, patients from hospitals, and families from each other.


HP provides the technology infrastructure for Israel’s ID card system. This ID system forms the part of the Israeli apartheid regime’s tiered system of citizenship that gives different rights to different people and leads to institutionalised discrimination in housing, employment, marriage, healthcare, education, and policing.
HP also directly contracts with the Israeli municipalities of Modi’in Ilit and Ariel, two of the largest Jewish-only Israeli settlements in the West Bank, providing them with a range of services.


HP provides broad IT infrastructure and support services for Israeli occupation forces, particularly the Israeli Navy that maintains the siege on Gaza.
Israel’s frequent massacres of Palestinians in Gaza and its siege are deliberately implemented to deny Palestinians their basic rights to life, freedom and self-determination, and to physically segregate them.
Israel’s siege severely limits what goods can go in and out. This denial of supply of essential goods was once described by a senior Israeli official in the following terms: “the idea is put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”


HP also provides services and equipment to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), including providing and maintaining its central server system.
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.
According to Human Rights Watch, “the extraction of confessions under duress, and the acceptance into evidence of such confessions…form the backbone of Israel’s military justice system”.

Each year, 500-700 Palestinian children are arrested, detained and prosecuted by Israel. The ill-treatment of children imprisoned by Israel is “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” according to UNICEF.


The International Pledge

Join people around the world in signing the pledge 

below - sign it here

"We call on Hewlett Packard companies -- including HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and all spin-offs -- to end all participation in the brutal oppression of the Palestinian people and other targeted communities worldwide. We pledge not to purchase products -- including printers, computers, and ink -- from complicit HP companies, and we call on retailers, universities, schools, faith communities, investment funds, municipalities, governments, trade unions, and other institutions to boycott and divest from HP companies until they cancel all contracts that supply Israel with technology, equipment, and information used in its ongoing violations of Palestinian rights and international law."


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A Growing Campaign
More than 1.8 million people have signed a petition calling on HP to end

its role in Israeli apartheid and settler colonialism.
In 2014, 1,000 activists with the Boston for Palestine coalition marched on an HP conference.
More than a dozen student governments in the US have called on their university to divest from HP.
There is active campaigning on HP across the US,
as well as in the UK and Italy.

The International Week of Action

Nov. 25 (Black Friday) – Dec. 3, 2016:
Over 150 actions in 101 cities in 30 countries
on 6 continents
Read the report of US Campaign for Palestinian Rights about of the International Week of Action .
See the photo gallery of HP Boycott actions around the world during the Week of Action.

Church Divestment from HP

In the last few years, numerous United Methodist Annual Conferences have voted for the denomination to divest from HP and several have divested the annual conference's investments in HP.

In 2016, Wespath, the investment arm of the UMC, created the Equity Social Values Plus Fund (ESVPF) which excludes the companies United Methodist justice advocates have focused on for divestment from the Israeli occupation: Caterpillar, Motorola Solutions and HP.

Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the socially responsible investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions in the United States, divested from HP in 2012. The Presbyterian Church(U.S.A.) voted to divest from HP in 2014. The United Church of Christ (US) voted to divest from HP in 2015.

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