The Student Federation of India (SFI), a four-million-strong national organization, joined the global campaign to boycott Hewlett Packard over its record of complicity in Israel’s violation of human rights against Palestinians.
Good News: India's largest student federation (4 million-strong) causes Hewlett Packard companies (@HP) $120 million in potential losses due to their complicity in Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights https://t.co/CzuMbHyt9S #BoycottHP pic.twitter.com/Il9h2jtm3H
— BDS Movement (@BDSmovement) June 13, 2018
Apoorva Gautam, the coordinator for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee for South Asia, announced the SFI joined the campaign on June 9:
“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.”
Big #BDS advance, boycott on Hewlett Packard (HP) companies over their 'well-documented complicity in #Israel’s grave violations of #Palestinian human rights'. Thank you Students Federation of #India . @Commissar_Jay https://t.co/61V1S0ZMzn pic.twitter.com/5OSbbWpEaB
— tim anderson (@timand2037) June 13, 2018
HP has provided technology to support Israel’s military occupation and racial profiling by providing the Israeli government with the servers for the country’s population registry used in military checkpoints and for the ID card system that underpins movement restrictions for Palestinians.
Hewlett Packard (HP) companies maintain the racist population registry for Israel, which is the backbone of Israel's system of apartheid and segregation against Palestinians. Boycott HP now! Sign this petition: https://t.co/GejC7ea3D7 pic.twitter.com/4ydsrRzOon
— BDS India (@BDSIndiaTweets) June 14, 2018
According to the BDS movement, HP also provides the Israeli navy with the necessary technology to impose the over-a-decade-long blockade of Gaza.
HP provides the technology and equipment used by Israeli Navy in maintaining the blockade of Gaza.#RebootYourEthics #boycottHP #BDS #BoycottIsrael #GroupPalestine #قروب_فلسطيني #قروب_جزائسطين pic.twitter.com/11dtbjOyzh
— 🇵🇸 🇵🇸GOLDIE KHAN 🇵🇸 🇵🇸 (@BiggaJatt) December 14, 2017
United States-based churches have previously divested from HP. In 2012 the Friends Fiduciary Corporation, the investment firm serving over 300 Quaker institutions divested. In 2014 the U.S. Presbyterian Church voted to divest from HP, and a year later the United Church of Christ did the same.
17 churches around the US,representing 7 different denominations,have signed a pledge 2 boycott #HP, joining an international BDS meant to pressure the tech company into ending its complicity in israel’s human rights abuses agst Palestinians. #BDSOurWeapon pic.twitter.com/qopMaqAz5c
— AngelWarrior512 (@AngelWarrior512) February 7, 2018
The SFI resolution condemned Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return in Gaza, which resulted in nearly 130 deaths and over 13,000 injuries. It also criticized the Indian government for its “close security and military ties with Israel [becoming] the largest arms buyer from Israel.”
On June 1, citizens in Bangalore organized a vigil against the killings in Thoothukudi and Gaza, and raised awareness regarding the growing security co-operation b/w India and Israel. Ban Vedanta, Boycott HP!@hpboycott pic.twitter.com/jxfp8jM8Mh
— BDS India (@BDSIndiaTweets) June 3, 2018
Gautam celebrated the decision by the SFI, saying,
“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.”
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) June 10, 2018
The Israeli occupation has faced increasing international pressure due to the BDS movement.
(TeleSur, PC, Social Media)