Students’ Federation of India joins #BoycottHP Movement, in solidarity with Palestine
Going against the precedence of closer ties with Israel set by the Central Government, the Largest organisation of school and university student in India – the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has decided to join the #BoycottHP Movement in solidarity with the cause of Palestinians.
HP plays a key role in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. It provides technology, equipment and services to the Israeli military, including for the checkpoints and ID card system that underpin Israel’s apartheid policies and its movement restrictions for Palestinians. HP provides and operates much of the technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonialism over the Palestinian people. Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the prime contractor of the Basel system, an automated biometric access control system employed within Israel’s checkpoints and apartheid wall. The ID cards distributed as part of this system form the basis of Israel’s systematic discrimination against Palestinians. HP technology helps the Israeli navy enforce the siege on Gaza. In November 2015, HP split into two firms: HP Inc. for consumer hardware (PCs and printers), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise for business and government services. Because the companies share facilitates, branding and supply chains, and collaborate in a wide range of ways, both remain deeply complicit with Israeli apartheid.
Socialist India reproduces the Press Statement released by SFI –
Students’ Federation of India
Central executive Committee
36, Canning Lane (Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla Lane), New Delhi
9th June, 2018
Boycott of Hewlett Packard (HP)
Central Committee of SFI in its meeting on 9th June has decided to join boycott of Hewlett Packard (HP) movement in solidarity with Palestine and to put pressure on Israel for the suffering human beings of Palestine. HP is helping Israel and its army in more than one way in the suppression of Palestine and its people.
It was India first non Arab country which recognized the struggle of Palestine and Palestine Liberation Organization’s authority as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.” This relation between Palestine and India is rooted in our common struggle against colonialism. In 1936, Jawaharlal Nehru informed the Zionist emissary Immanuel Olsvanger that he could not tolerate imperialism in India or Palestine. Also, we must not forget the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French and it is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs.” But we can see the shift of India’s position regarding Palestine. Especially present Government of India becomes a close ally of Israel. India has also built close security and military ties with Israel. Now India is the largest arms buyer from Israel. It is the manifestation of pro-US foreign policy. We think that it is contrary to the traditional non- alignment foreign policy of India and a cruel betrayal to the people of Palestine.
In this period of time, we also observed how the US President Donald J Trump shook the world politics and peace with his new idea of creating tension in the Middle East. Trump announced last December that Washington formally recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then shifted its embassy from Tel Aviv breaking with decades of US policy. His decision, long-sought by Israel, sparked anger and protests throughout the occupied Palestinian territories and drew condemnation from world leaders. Thousands of Palestinians are protesting against the relocation from across the occupied Palestinian territories, including the Gaza Strip as part of the Great March of Return. The Great March of Return includes rallies that are part of a weeks-long protest that culminated on 15th May to mark what Palestinians refer to as the Palestinian exodus or “Catastrophe” or “Nakba” which means the disaster – a reference to Israel’s establishment in 1948, when 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly removed from Palestine. During this campaign Israeli force brutally killed numerous innocent Palestinian children, women, even the health workers. The entire infrastructure of Gaza including schools, colleges, hospitals, water supply, has been reduced to rubble. Thousands of homes have been demolished in the indiscriminate bombing and shelling. Palestine is now facing a deep humanitarian crisis. But some corporate houses are still funding Israel to continue this slaughter.
SFI has been extending solidarity with the struggling people of Palestine from the beginning. We have decided to support the campaign “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement” which has been the most effective form of global solidarity to the Palestinian struggle for freedom running for the past 12 years. The aim of the movement is to build concrete boycott campaigns to isolate apartheid Israel and non-violently pressure it to respect international law and Palestinian human rights. There are reports that Hewlett Packard (HP) companies entrench Israeli oppression of Palestinian people in myriad ways. By providing computers to the Israeli military, that is presently running carnage in Gaza, HP enables the illegal occupation of Palestine ignoring international law and many United Nations resolutions. HP maintains the racist population registry that is the basis for the ID card system. This is the backbone of the brutal segregation and apartheid imposed upon Palestinian people. HP maintains its spin-off, DXC Technology, in an illegal Jewish-only settlement in West Bank thus furthering the colonisation of occupied Palestinian territories. HP truly harms Palestinians. We can’t tolerate these inhuman activities for long period of time. We have to fight against these corporations who are funding this genocide.
Issued by –
VP Sanu (National President, SFI)
Vikram Singh (General Secretary, SFI)