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Christian Peacemaker Teams campaign to boycott Hewlett-Packard over links to Israeli Occupation

By Marc Henry - July 18, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Human rights]

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organisation set up to support teams of peace workers in conflict areas around the world, is calling for a mass social media action against the technology giant, Hewlett-Packard (HP).

The international organisation has started a campaign to boycott the American multinational information technology company HP for their links to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The campaign, which began on July 13, urges people to share a video on HP’s Facebook page and on their own social networks as well as sending a message to the computer company.
According to CPT Hewlett-Packard supplies the Israeli military with products that violate the rights of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
In a sample letter published on the Christian Peacemaker Teams website, the organisation is criticising ”HP’s connection to Israel’s escalating violation of Palestinian human rights,” stating that: ”HP has the ability and corporate responsibility to ensure that your [HP] operations do not support such oppression.”
Furthermore, the Christian movement criticises HP for providing technology to the Israeli prison system.
“Currently 5,732 Palestinian political prisoners suffer isolation, torture, and other inhumane treatment in Israeli prisons. Over 400 are being held indefinitely without charge or trial. And 291 CHILDREN under the age 18.”
This is not the first time HP has been criticised and been subject to boycotts for their links to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The Palestinian-based movement Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) has long been a been campaigning for a boycott of HP, along with several other campaign groups as American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
According to the latter, HP is responsible for Israel’s use of the so-called 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 neighbouring Palestinian towns; in 2011 the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs counted 522 roadblocks and checkpoints obstruction Palestinian movement in the West Bank,” AFSC states on their website.
In April a similar campaign resulted in Dublin becoming the first European city to drop HP for its role in the Palestinian occupation and endorse the campaigns for Palestinian rights.
The American IT-giant has not responded to the latest boycott campaign, but Zoe McMahon, Director for Global Social and Environmental Responsibility and Human Rights at Hewlett-Packard Company in 2014 responded to a similar campaign:
”HP has repeatedly and consistently been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative and engaged corporate citizens, frequently ranking among the top companies globally for its leadership on human rights and sustainability issues—not only for its own operations, but also for its leadership in developing and promoting best practices with its supply chain, business partners, industry groups, NGO’s and others.”
It has not been possible to get a comment from Christian Peacemaker Teams regarding their new campaign.

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