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Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to Its Complicity in Israels Violations of Palestinian Human Rig

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Hewlett Packard (HP) faces over $120 million in potential losses since Indias largest student federation passed a resolution to support the BDS movement and to boycott Hewlett Packard


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday June 13, 2018, 7:21 pm
Hewlett Packard (HP) faces over $120 million in potential losses since India’s largest student federation passed a resolution to support the BDS movement and to boycott Hewlett Packard (HP) companies over their well-documented complicity in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian human rights.

Apoorva Gautam, the India-based South Asia coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, explained:

The Students Federation of India (SFI) is more than 4 million members strong, and on June 9, they joined the global campaign to boycott HP. This means that Hewlett Packard companies now risk losing over 4 million potential clients in India because of their complicity in Israel’s gross violations of Palestinian human rights.

Given that the cheapest HP laptop in India costs about $300, this means that HP may be losing a potential student market of over $120 million. This is enormously significant.

What Palestinians and Indian students are showing is that companies seeking to profit from Israel’s military occupation and discriminatory regime face growing popular opposition and risk a serious hit to both their reputations and pocket-books.

HP has provided technology and services that support Israel’s military occupation and racial discrimination policies, including its devastating siege suffocating nearly 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, and illegal settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

Today, HP-branded companies provide the Israeli government with the servers that house its notorious population registry, a key component in the apparatus of apartheid. Records also indicate that HP-branded companies are still responsible for selling computers to the Israeli military. As such, HP products and services enable racial segregation and denial of basic rights.

In its resolution to boycott HP, the Students Federation of India (SFI) condemned Israel’s recent violence against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, where Israel killed at least 121 Palestinians and injured more than 13,000 in just the last two months. It also criticized the current right-wing government in India for its “close security and military ties with Israel” and for having become “the largest arms buyer from Israel.”

Vikram Singh, the federation’s General Secretary, promised that the campaign to boycott HP in India would grow:

Our federation will spread the BDS movement and the HP boycott campaign in college and university campuses across India. We will work to convince university administrations to adopt procurement policies that prohibit doing business with HP companies until they prove that they are no longer complicit in Israel’s egregious violations of Palestinian human rights. Until then, this boycott will continue and will grow even stronger.

Abdulrahman Abunahel, a Gaza-based community organizer and coordinator for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) welcomed the resolution:

Palestinian students and youth movements deeply appreciate the solidarity expressed by our counterparts in the Students Federation of India. As a young Palestinian in Gaza, I know first hand how difficult it is to study, and to simply live, under decades of Israel’s brutal military rule and devastating siege. And I’m heartened by this important gesture of support from India, which reaffirms that where governments fail, people have the the power to act and make a difference.

In the past few years, US church denominations such as the US Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ have divested from HP. Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the socially responsible investment firm serving over three hundred Quaker institutions in the United States, divested from HP in 2012. Most recently, the Dublin City Council joined the BDS movement and called for ending ties with HP because of the company’s complicity in Israeli apartheid.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) is the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. It leads and supports the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

Peggy B (43)
Wednesday June 13, 2018, 8:27 pm
I boycotted HP a few years back.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday June 14, 2018, 2:11 am
And they say BDS isn't effective?

A non-violent form of resistance, in keeping with strategies utilised both by governments (against governments of rogue states failing to respect human rights - e.g. Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Apartheid South Africa) and activists, especially in relation to environment ... e.g. GMO, Monsanto etc. Yet Israel is managing to persuade governments that BDS is anti-Semitic ... because the political Zionists want all non-violent resistance by the Palestinians to fail, or at least to be invisible & therefore ineffective.

But BDS is surviving despite efforts to make it illegal in a number of countries - and it is spreading, with increasing impact! Good news ... Thanks, Jess

Ben O (131)
Thursday June 14, 2018, 7:06 am
Right, Money talk$...

Sue H (7)
Thursday June 14, 2018, 10:38 am

Janet B (0)
Thursday June 14, 2018, 7:47 pm

fly bird (26)
Friday June 15, 2018, 8:26 am
Impose sanctions on Netanyahu for Gaza war crimes, says HRW.
14 June 2018

leaders responsible for the killings of more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators in the occupied Gaza Strip since 30 March should face sanctions, Human Rights Watch says.

“The international community needs to rip up the old playbook where Israel investigates itself and the US blocks accountability with its UN Security Council veto,” Sarah Leah Whitson, the group’s Middle East director, states in a new report on Israel’s fatal shooting of more than 60 Palestinians in a single day on 14 May.

Whitson says the world must begin to “impose real costs” on Israel for its “blatant disregard for Palestinian lives.”

Those killed that day included seven children, one of them a 14-year-old girl, Wesal Khalil. Five were shot in the head or neck and two in the abdomen.

“Third countries should impose targeted sanctions against officials responsible for ongoing serious human rights violations,” Human Rights Watch states.

The rights group says that Israel’s lethal force against Gaza demonstrators “may amount to war crimes.”

Israeli officials named in the report as approving the shoot-to-kill-and-maim policy against people who “posed no imminent threat to life” include army chief Gadi Eizenkot, defense minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Separately, the Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq published a list of public statements by Israeli leaders indicating intent to commit war crimes.

Human Rights Watch interviewed nine witnesses of the 14 May massacre, seven of whom were themselves shot by Israeli snipers in different locations along the Gaza-Israel boundary where Great March of Return protests were taking place.

Six of the witnesses said they were 200 to 300 meters from the two parallel fences Israel has built along the boundary when Israeli forces shot them with live ammunition.

“The victims include journalists, civil defense workers and volunteers trying to evacuate the wounded, and a child running away from the fences,” the report states.

Three other witnesses, including a 14-year-old boy, said they were shot when they were between 30 and 40 meters from the fences.

Injured man shot dead

In one harrowing incident, 23-year-old Samer Nasser said he was part of a group that had been throwing stones and trying to approach the barbed wire fence east of Jabaliya when someone near him was shot in the arm.

Nasser tried to evacuate the man in his “tuk tuk” – a three-wheeled motorized vehicle – when Israeli forces “started shooting heavily.”

“The injured man in my tuk tuk was shot again in the head and immediately died, and I was shot in the thigh,” Nasser said. “I was bleeding for 15 minutes, and had to crawl until I reached a woman who helped me.”

A video taken by another Gaza resident, Jamil Barakat, shows that woman sheltering behind a rock as she gestures to Nasser and encourages him to crawl towards her.

“We were luckily not shot, but we were unable to move forward or backward for half an hour because they opened fire at us,” Barakat, who was also taking shelter behind the rock, stated.

Meanwhile, Maher Harara, 48, from the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City, told Human Rights Watch that “he saw a woman’s finger shot off as she was making a victory sign” as she stood about 40 meters from the fences.

Harara was himself shot in the leg in the same area a few hours later.

“I was not holding anything, even my mobile phone was in my pocket, and I was standing by myself, but maybe they shot me because I was wearing black trousers and a black T-shirt so they thought I was a leader, but I wasn’t,” he said.

No justification

While Human Rights Watch cites one instance in which four armed men fired at Israeli forces in northern Gaza on 14 May, it notes that the vast majority of protesters were unarmed.

The Israeli military admitted on that day that “Our troops have not taken any sustained direct fire,” and that no one from Gaza had succeeded in crossing the boundary fences.

One witness told Human Rights Watch he was “aware of a person who had joined the 14 May protests while carrying a firearm, but apparently did not fire it because members of Hamas warned him that doing so could prompt Israeli soldiers to target the area.”

Israel claims that its rampant use of live ammunition that has wounded around 3,900 people, causing many grave and life-changing injuries and compounding a medical catastrophe, is necessary for self-defense.

“The use of live ammunition cannot be justified by automatically deeming every Palestinian who attempts to breach the fences to be an imminent threat to life,” Human Rights Watch says, emphasizing the many instances of victims being shot far from the fences.

The group also responds to Israel’s efforts to justify the 14 May massacre after the fact by claiming that 50 of those killed were members of Hamas.

“Hamas’ encouragement of and support for the protests and the participation of Hamas members in the protests do not justify the use of live ammunition against protesters who posed no threat to life,” Human Rights Watch states.

The group urges International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to open a formal investigation into violations against Palestinians that could lead to Israeli leaders being indicted and tried.

US, Israel isolated at UN

Human Rights Watch’s report was released on the day the UN General Assembly met to vote on a resolution deploring “any excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force by the Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians,” as well as the use of live ammunition against protesters, children, medical personnel and journalists.

The text is similar to a draft that the US vetoed in the Security Council earlier this month.

Despite intense opposition from the United States and Israel, the General Assembly resolution passed 120-8 with 45 abstentions.

The resolution also “deplores the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israeli civilian areas” – a rare occurrence – but did not name Hamas or any other groups deemed responsible.

The US had tried to insert an amendment condemning Hamas, but it was rejected.

The resolution that passed calls for no specific consequences to hold Israel accountable, merely asking the UN secretary-general to present proposals on an “international protection mechanism” for Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation.

Despite the resolution’s toothlessness, the vote was nonetheless another signal of US and Israeli isolation. The only countries joining the pair in voting against the resolution were Togo, Australia and tiny island states and dependencies Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands.

Notably, European Union countries were split between the 12 that voted for the resolution and the 16 that abstained.

France, Belgium and Ireland backed the resolution, while Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were among the abstainers.

Yet even the yes votes from EU states amount to lip service, given the deep and extensive European complicity in Israel’s regime of occupation, settlement and apartheid.

The same day as the UN vote, for instance, a coalition of organizations published a report highlighting the role of three French companies, including a subsidiary of the state-owned railway, in the construction and operation of Israel’s light rail to link its settlements in and around occupied East Jerusalem in violation of international law.

Canada, where the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has continued the staunchly pro-Israel policies of its Conservative predecessor, also abstained.

Earlier Canada had voted for the failed US amendment aimed at shifting blame towards the Palestinians.

Judy C (91)
Friday June 15, 2018, 11:51 am
This is good news the more support for BDS, the better. HRW is correct. The US is well on its way toward joining Israel as a pariah, rogue state. Thanks Jess.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Friday June 15, 2018, 10:11 pm

fly bird (26)
Saturday June 16, 2018, 5:58 am
300 prominent global figures accuse Israel of committing ‘war crimes’ .
June 12, 2018

Israel’s forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians has been denounced as a war crime by over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders and activists from around the world.

The universal show of solidarity to the Palestinians was published in an open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank.

Signatories include 90 members of parliament, many of whom are from the EU and UK parliaments. Other notable signatories include ten Israel Prize laureates, film director Ken Loach, artists Ai Weiwei, author Alice Walker, academic Noam Chomsky and several musicians. Dozens of Rabbis have also signed the letter denouncing Israel for what many would describe ethnic cleansing.

Forcible transfer – by direct physical force or by creating a coercive environment that makes residents leave their homes – is a war crime

the letter states.

Mentioning, in particular, residents facing expulsion from three areas; the Jordan Valley, the South Hebron Hills and East Jerusalem, the letter says that Israel “aims to establish facts on the ground that would achieve exclusive de-facto Israeli control in those areas and eventually facilitate formal annexation”.

“Israel’s plans,” the letter points out, “range from freezing Palestinian development, through minimising Palestinian foothold in major parts of the West Bank, to the destruction and transfer of entire communities.” The plans, they add, are being implemented through “coercive measures” which are listed as: not being allowed to build new private or public buildings; denied access to water grids or to pave access roads; demolitions; threats and confiscation of essential equipment.

After denouncing Israel for committing “war crimes” the letter says that “all people responsible for it – including Israeli prime minister and the minister of defence – bear personal responsibility.”

They also accuse Israel’s high court of “rubber stamping” the criminal policies of the Israeli government. “All it does is also implicate Israeli High Court justices in what is nothing short of a war crime, no matter how much legal formalism is enlisted in an effort to excuse the inexcusable,” the letter concludes.

Open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel’s plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank [File photo]

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday July 12, 2018, 7:44 am
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