Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Thousands pledge to boycott Hewlett Packard on eve of its AGM

The signatures of nearly 14,000 people pledging to boycott Hewlett Packard products were delivered to the company’s London headquarters today, on the eve of its annual general meeting.

Hewlett Packard (HP) supplies IT infrastructure to the Israeli navy and computers to the Israeli army. It also develops and maintains hand and facial recognition scanners at Israel’s checkpoints in the West Bank, the data from which is used by Israel to monitor and control the movement of Palestinians.

Hugh Lanning, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, delivered the signatures, which were contained in a letter to HP UK’s Managing Director, Andy Isherwood, and on a public pledge to boycott HP. Both had been signed by thousands of members of the public.

Mr Lanning said: “HP has a comprehensive human rights policy which includes avoiding complicity in human rights violations and regularly assessing human rights risks in the countries in which it operates.

“By aiding Israel’s army and navy, which combined to devastate Gaza last summer, HP is not only in breach of its human rights policy but also risks being seen as complicit in Israel’s war crimes.”

Mr Lanning added: “Companies which aid Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and its blockade of Gaza should urgently reconsider their business links with Israel, and we call on Hewlett Packard to divest from its Israeli military contracts. more

Video: Israeli soldiers attack peaceful gathering in commemoration of Rachel Corrie

Young Palestinians in Qaryout, near Nablus, today, were planting olive saplings to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the murder of activist Rachel Corrie. They then sat down for a peaceful picnic. Watch what happens next...
Those present were planting trees, cooking food and singing before the soldiers rushed in with their guns to disperse the peaceful gathering.

One man can be seen to faint, during the raid, and is carried to patch of land on a stretcher as soldiers threaten with their weapons and shove participants this way and that.

What happens next is unclear, as a panic begins to surface within the crowd, the camera shaky. An argument is heard to erupt over what is to become of the fainted man.

The scene ends with the young soldiers carrying the man away and, then, dropping him to the ground. more