Philly BDS joins human rights groups in a global protest of Hewlett Packard’s complicity in Israeli occupation, Nov. 25-Dec. 3
Palestinian rights advocates are preparing for what is expected to be the largest coordinated series of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) actions to date.
The Global Week of Action — taking place from November 25th through December 3rd, with more than 60 actions planned on six continents — will target Hewlett Packard (HP) companies, citing their role in providing key services and technology infrastructure that enable the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands and suppression of Palestinian human rights. This includes specialized technology made by HP companies that is used to support Israel’s military checkpoints, segregated ID system, illegal settlements, prison system, and naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Hewlett Packard (‘HP’) companies supply Israel with the Biometric ID Card System used to restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement; provide servers for the Israel Prison Service where Palestinian children and political prisoners are held; manage the communications centers, information security, and user support of the Israeli Navy as it collectively punishes the civilian population of Gaza through blockade; and employ settlers from Beithar Illit, an illegal settlement in the West Bank.
Participating countries and cities include: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Adelaide, Australia; Cairo, Costa Rica, Egypt; Hebron and Jerusalem, Palestine; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; London and more than two dozen other cities in the United Kingdom; Rome, and nine major cities in Italy; Berlin and Cologne, Germany; Derry and Dublin, Ireland; Switzerland; Canada; and more than a dozen cities across the United States.