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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, 10 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 United
Methodist Church, created the
Equity Social Values Plus Fund
(ESVPF) which excludes the companies that United Methodist justice advocates have focused on for divestment from the Israeli occupation: HP, Caterpillar, and Motorola Solutions. (See the long history of Corporate Engagement with these companies that preceded the call for divestment.)
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.
UMKR Calls for HP Boycott
THE BASEL SYSTEM - SEGREGATION & OPPRESSION
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.
ID CARDS - SYSTEM OF DISCRIMINATION
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.
ISRAELI NAVY - SIEGE OF GAZA
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.”
ISRAELI PRISON & JUSTICE SYSTEM - POLITICAL OPPRESSION, MASS INCARCERATION, PHYSICAL ABUSE
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.
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 more information below 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.) Yet today, HP technology and services are still a key part of the Israeli occupation regime over the West Bank and Gaza.
UMKR also calls for United Methodist congregations to join the HP-Free Churches Campaign, brought to us by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).
UMKR has prepared two HP-focused resolutions for use by United Methodists in 2017.
ON THIS PAGE
• Why Boycott HP? The role of HP technology and services in Israeli's oppression of Palestinians.
• The HP Boycott: Many ways to participate yourself and with your church, including FOSNA'S HP-Free Churches campaign
Why Boycott HP?
Source of information below: https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp#why
See also AFSC's investment screening tool, "Investigate." Since HP has split into two companies, check out both of these pages:
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
THE HP BOYCOTT
Join people around the world in signing the pledge:
see it below and 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."
Use our Quick Facts Sheet
and our Q & A resource
Download a succinct 2-sided flyer
about the HP Boycott or the
Q&A (4 pages) that was prepared to
support UMKR's 2017 resolution for
the boycott. Use them to show others
why thousands of United Methodists
and millionsaround the world are
Use "This is My Last HP" Labels
Do you have an HP device now?
You don't have to throw it out to
support the boycott! Put a label over
the HP logo that reminds you and tells others about your support for the boycott. And when it is time to replace it, if the boycott is still going, avoid HP products. We have sheets of labels you can print, in three sizes that are easy to find in local office supply stores or online.
Give out free labels along with our Quick Facts sheet, in your church, at your annual conference, and at other events.
If you just want just one label for yourself, you don't have to buy adhesive labels. You can print a label on plain paper (choose whichever of the 3 sizes you prefer), cut it out, and tape or glue it to your HP device!
One page of 2' x 4" labels, 10 on a page - download it
One page of 3 1/3" x 4" labels, 6 on a page - download it
One page of 3 1/2" x 5" labels, 4 on a page - download it
A single 2" x 4" label - download it
A single 3 1/3 x 4" label - download it
A single 3 1/2 x 5" label - download it
Ask your church to pledge to be an HP-Free Church
Learn more about the HP-Free Church
"Santa Cruz church becomes first
US congregation to boycott HP for role
in Israeli occupation" Read the story
Your church isn't ready for that?
Hold an informational teach-in.
Use the PREZI presentation FOSNA has prepared online 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 the HP-Free Church campaign at FOSNA and scroll down to see and use the Prezi presentation and download the Notes for it.
At the end of that page, see also the list of Additional Resources.
Would you like to talk with us about how to get started at your church? We would love to help! Email us: email@example.com
Launch a local campaign to get HP de-shelved
from a retail 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 give out flyers 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).
Flyers and a sheet to gather signatures will be posted soon.
See more HP Boycott ideas from the BDS National Committee:https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp/week-of-action
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