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Hewlett Packard (HP), a household name in Britain for consumer electronics such as computers and printers, suffered a reputational blow today as a pledge to boycott their products signed by over 21,000 consumers was made public.

A key target for the Palestinian-led Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement and the British-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign, consumers have pledged to boycott HP until it ‘ended complicity in the illegal Israeli occupation’.

HP technology underpins the Israeli biometric ID cards issued in the occupied West Bank, which is used by the Israel for the control of movement & surveillance of the Palestinian population.  The technology is also used to differentiate Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, among other ethnicities and religions.

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HP provides core IT infrastructure and support services for the Israeli Navy, helping it to maintain the illegal siege on Gaza. In addition, HP technology is used by the Israeli Prison Service in prisons where Palestinian prisoners – including children- are often held without trial and in contravention of international law.

In further troubling news for HP, recent YouGov reports on the attitudes of consumer boycotters demonstrated that after deciding to boycott a brand, 67% refuse to buy it again – even if the company changes its objected to practices.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers said:

The NUT does not buy or use HP products or services as a gesture of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Both at headquarters and in our regional and Wales offices we have determined that they will be HP Free Zones. HP is complicit in the illegal occupation of the West Bank.

Ben Jamal, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign said:

HP should sit up and take notice – being complicit in human rights violations tarnishes your brand beyond repair. Technology-enabled racism and reckless profiteering from the oppression of the Palestinian people doesn’t sit well with customers. Over 21,000 consumers have deserted HP. We’re calling on councils, businesses and faith groups to do the same. This is the wake up call.

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  • Andrew speer

    The company you are choosing to boycott is an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT company from the one that provides the IT infrastructure. Kinda like choosing to avoid flying an airline whose planes operate Rolls Royce engines because Rolls Royce motorcars are so obnoxious. They are two separate and unrelated companies that share the same name. The Rolls Royce car guys would find that hilarious and my best guess is that the Hewlett Packard IT guys will as well.

  • John Thunderer

    The kind of silly equivocation that says HP has two different divisions simply does not wash.
    The Nazi SA and SS were under different leaderships – but their policies were the same.
    I have not signed the pledge but I will not consider ever buying the products of a company complicit in apartheid.
    I have previously worked successfully on boycotting outfits like Veolia and G4S – and they show signs of pulling out.
    Why anyone would want to support companies that support racist supremacist colonisation is impossible to comprehend.