[News] Hewlett Packard To Lose Millions as India's Student Federation Endorses Pro-Palestinian BDS

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  Hewlett Packard To Lose Millions as India's Student Federation
  Endorses Pro-Palestinian BDS

June 13, 2018

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 

Apoorva Gautam, coordinator for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and 
Sanctions (BDS) National Committee for South Asia, announced the SFI 
joined the campaign on June 9, and explained "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."

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 

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.

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 

The SFI resolution condemned Israel’s use of lethal force against 
Palestinians participating in the Great March of Return 
in Gaza, which resulted in over 120 deaths and 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.”

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 

The Israeli occupation has faced increasing international pressure due 
to the BDS movement. In a span of less than a month Shakira canceled her 
concert in Tel Aviv, Argentina canceled the friendly soccer match with 
Israel, and many well-known and international artists and filmmakers 
pulled out of Tel Aviv’s LGBT film festival 
<https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Filmmakers-Boycott-Tel-Aviv-LGBT-Film-Festival-Over-Pinkwashing-20180602-0007.html> and 
Paris’ France-Israel Season.

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