#BDS activists to launch #HP consumer boycott on #BlackFriday


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November 21, 2016

Media Contacts: Karmah Elmusa, IMEU, karmah@imeu.org
Garik Ruiz, BDS National Committee, garik.ruiz@bdsmovement.net

Global Week of Action Inspired by South Africa Boycott of Polaroid Will Target HP Companies: Nov. 25 – Dec. 3
Human rights groups plan to protest HP’s complicity in Israeli occupation

Palestinian rights advocates are preparing for what is expected to be the largest coordinated series of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) actions focused on a single target to date. The week of action will start on Black Friday, the biggest US shopping day of the year.

This Global Week of Action — taking place from November 25th through December 3rd, with close to 100 actions planned on six continents — will target Hewlett-Packard (HP) companies, citing their role in providing key services and technology infrastructure that enable the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands and suppression of Palestinian human rights. This includes specialized technology made by HP companies that is used to support Israel’s military checkpoints, segregated ID system, illegal settlements, prison system, and naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“Just as Polaroid was a key boycott target during the Apartheid era for providing imaging for South Africa’s notorious pass system, people of conscience today should boycott HP companies for providing imaging and technology for Israeli apartheid,” said Caroline Hunter, the Polaroid employee who discovered her company’s role in South Africa and helped launch the boycott campaign ending Polaroid’s involvement in the regime in 1977. Hunter is now active with the Mass Against HP campaign, calling on Massachusetts and its municipalities to stop contracting with HP companies.

HP companies supply Israel with the Biometric ID Card System used to restrict Palestinians’ freedom of movement; provide servers for the Israel Prison Service where Palestinian children and political prisoners are routinely held without charge and torture is widespread; manage the communications centers, information security, and user support of the Israeli Navy as it collectively punishes the civilian population of Gaza through blockade; and provide various services to illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Participating countries and cities include: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Adelaide, Australia; Costa Rica; Cairo, Egypt; Hebron and Nablus, Palestine; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; London and at least two dozen other cities in the United Kingdom; Rome, and nine major cities in Italy; Berlin and Cologne, Germany; Derry and Dublin, Ireland; Oslo, Norway; Amsterdam, NetherlandsSwitzerland; Canada; and at least two dozen cities across the United States. Visuals from many of the actions will be available for use by the media.

From mounting a replica of the Israeli Apartheid Wall to picketing HP Enterprise’s showcase European event in London on the same day as the United Nations’ International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, actions will focus on demonstrating the failure of HP companies to live up to their stated principles.

“Veolia, SodaStream, Ahava, and Orange’s decisions to divest on different levels from Israel’s occupation following global boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) campaigns have illustrated that complicity in Israeli oppression of Palestinians is bad for business. Campaigners worldwide are now sending that same message to HP companies” said Anna Baltzer, Director of Organizing and Advocacy at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

The Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Mennonite Central Committee, and Unitarian Universalist Association have already divested from HP companies due to their involvement in the occupation.

HP split into two companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), last year, and two more spin-offs are projected. The various HP companies share certain logistical infrastructure, governance, supply chains, and technologies with one another, and they all draw on the HP brand’s long history of close connections with the Israeli military and occupation.

For more information about the HP Global Week of Action, to speak with organizers, or for photos or video from events, please contact Karmah Elmusa (karmah@imeu.org), or Garik Ruiz (garik.ruiz@bdsmovement.net).

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Get involved with Israeli Apartheid Week

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Want to support Palestinian freedom, justice and equality?

Join #IsraeliApartheidWeek 2016

Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place in more than 150 universities and cities across the world. With creative education and action, IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid over the Palestinian people and build support for the nonviolent Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

In response to the impressive growth of BDS in the last few years, Israel and its right-wing allies in the west have launched repressive, anti-democratic attacks on the movement and the right to boycott, instead of fulfilling their obligations to end Israel’s violations of international law. This makes this year’s #IsraeliApartheidWeek more crucial than ever.

Support Palestinian popular resistance to oppression–join IAW 2016.

Check out apartheidweek.org and #IsraeliApartheidWeek to find out what’s happening in your area. More events in different cities are being added all the time, so do check back if there’s nothing in your city listed yet. 

Want to organise #IsraeliApartheidWeek events on your campus or in your city? Register your organisation here and you’ll receive an info pack full of ideas about how to organise #IsraeliApartheidWeek.

Dates:
UK: February 22-28
Europe: February 29-March 7
Palestine: March 1-10
South Africa: March 7-13
Arab World: March 20-26
US: various, including March 27-April 3
Latin America: April 10-24
Canada: various throughout March, check with local organisers

BDS in 2015: Seven ways our movement broke new ground against Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid

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The year 2015 will be remembered as the year that Palestinian popular resistance spread across historic Palestine and that saw tens of thousands of Palestinians take to the streets to resist and confront Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.

Ten years since the launch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, 2015 was also a landmark year for BDS, as our detailed round-up of the year shows.

To all of the amazing people whose commitment and tireless efforts are making this happen: thank you. Our collective achievements inspire us, motivate us and give us hope.

Let’s continue to build our movement in support of Palestinian freedom, justice and equality.

If you can, please donate to our fundraising appeal to help us grow our movement even further in 2016. We’re delighted to be offering some amazing Palesitnian spoken word poetry books and downloads as part of our fundraiser – go take a look!

If you’d like to share it, you can find this list online at http://bdsmovement.net/2015/7-ways-our-movement-broke-new-ground-13634.

1. We showed our movement can have a real economic impact on Israel

The authors of a UN report said that BDS was a key factor behind the 46% drop in foreign direct investment in Israel in 2014. The World Bank cited BDS as a key factor behind the 24% drop in Palestinian imports from Israel. The Israeli government and the Rand Corporation both published reports predicting that BDS will cost Israel billions of dollars.

Moody’s, a leading credit ratings agency, said “the Israeli economy could suffer should BDS gain greater traction.”

One senior Israeli businessman even complained that the growing strength of the BDS movement means that major European companies now avoid investing in Israel.

2. We won our incredible campaign against Veolia

French corporate giant Veolia sold off all of its businesses in Israel. This was a direct result of our 7-year campaign against its role in infrastructure projects for illegal Israeli settlements that cost it more than $20 billion in lost tenders and contracts. Our grassroots organising persuaded a corporate giant to completely abandon Israel!

And it’s not just Veolia: telecoms giant Orange responded to BDS pressure in France, Egypt and elsewhere by saying it will pull out of Israel by 2017. G4S has started talking about ending its contract with the Israeli prison service.

3. 1000+ artists joined the cultural boycott

Prominent names like Lauryn Hill and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth said they won’t perform in Israel, and more than 1000 artists across Ireland, the UK, the US and Belgium have said they support the cultural boycott of Israel.

Donate now: Help us build an even stronger BDS movement in 2016

4. The academic boycott went more mainstream across the world

Israeli universities play a key role in planning and whitewashing Israel’s crimes but now academics across the world are taking effective action.

Major academic associations in the US including the American Anthropological Association conference and the US National Women’s Studies Association have voted to endorse BDS.

More than 500 UK academics, 450 Belgian academics1,600 academics and academic staff in Spain and more than 200 South African academics have all signed statements in support of the academic boycott.

5. Our movement is spreading to new areas and winning new support

New BDS coalitions have been established in Malaysia and Egypt and BDS is growing rapidly in Latin America and the Arab world.

Major trade union bodies like the Connecticut branch of AFL-CIO and the Quebec Confederation of National Trade Unions joined the dozens of national trade unions that already support BDS.

6. Justice for Palestine has become a key issue for students and youth across the world

Divestment motions were passed at Stanford, Princeton, the University of California and 6 other US campuses, and the UK National Union of Students joined the 30+ individual campus student unions that already support BDS.

Israeli Apartheid Week took place in more than 150 cities. Student groups are getting organised across Europe, Canada, South Africa and Latin America.

7. Israel’s reaction shows that our “soft” power is having a real impact

Israel knows it is losing the argument and is throwing everything it has at sabotaging our movement, dedicating money, government staff and apparently even its security services to undermining BDS. Israel is exporting its mentality of repression and getting its allies in the west to run McCarthyite attacks on free speech in the US, France, the UK, Italy, Canada and elsewhere.

One has to be inspired to inspire others. In the BDS movement, we are definitely inspired, motivated and full of hope. Help us not only in seeking freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinian people but also in proving that the hegemonic powers that be around the world can also be held to account in the pursuit of justice everywhere.

 

Popular Palestinian resistance against Israeli oppression enters its second month

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Since the start of October, Palestinians have been taking part in mass popular resistance against Israeli settler colonialism and apartheid.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people joined a huge demonstration in al-Khalil (Hebron) and similarly large demonstrations took place in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem and across Palestine. Palestinians continue to take mass action on an almost daily basis in cities, towns and villages throughout historic Palestine.

This uprising is led by a generation of fearless young Palestinian Davids who are no longer intimidated by the brutality of the Israeli Goliath and who are asserting their right to self-determination and freedom. It comes as a response to the escalation of Israel’s criminal attacks on and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.

Israel’s repression of this ongoing uprising has been brutal. Israel has killed 74 Palestinians, mostly unarmed protesters and bystanders, including 15 children and a pregnant woman. More than 2,000 civilians have been shot with live and rubber coated bullets. More than 1,350 Palestinians have been arrested.

See our full update for a selection of photos and updates about the ongoing popular resistance.

Take action in solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance:

  • Share our photos and update about the ongoing protests in Palestine and the mapping of resistance by our member organisation Stop the Wall.
  • Organise a protest or visually exciting, creative action in solidarity with Palestinian popular struggle. Take steps to ensure your actions are covered in the media and shared through social media. Please use the #SolidarityWaveBDS hashtag.
  • Read and share our Q&A on the ongoing popular resistance to try to counter some of the falsehoods and bias circulating in the media.
  • Read and share our briefing on how international military ties help Israel to repress Palestinian resistance.
  • Read and check out more ideas for action here

Many thanks, 

Palestinian BDS National Committee

Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Join a protest near you this weekend #SolidarityWaveBDS

Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!

#SolidarityWaveBDS

 

Join a #SolidarityWaveBDS protest this weekend.

 

 

Palestinians are continuing to rise up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined youth-led demonstrations across historic Palestine. More than 20,000 people joined a demonstration in Sakhnin in the north of 1948 Palestine/Israel and protests are raging in cities from Gaza to Bethlehem, from Hebron to Jerusalem. 

 

Earlier this week, the Palestinian BDS National Committee called for a wave of actions and protests in solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance and for action to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes.

 

The response has been incredible. There are more than 60 #SolidarityWaveBDS protests taking place in 17 countries across the world. Visit our website now to find out the details of a protest near you. 

 

Let’s make this weekend’s mobilisations as big as possible. Let’s stand alongside Palestinians and challenge international support for Israeli apartheid. 

 

If you’re joining a demonstration this weekend, please share updates using #SolidarityWaveBDS. 

 

In friendship, 

Palestinian BDS National Committee

 

Are you organising a protest in your town or city?  Let us know about what you’re planning by filling out this form. Please send photos and reports from your actions to wave@bdsmovement.net and share updates using #SolidarityWaveBDS

 

Call out: International BDS wave of solidarity with Palestinian Popular Resistance #SolidarityWaveBDS

Starting this weekend October 16-18
Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance! Boycott Israel now!

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A new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up against Israel’s brutal, decades-old system of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have joined demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities across historic Palestine and in refugee camps in neighbouring Arab countries.

Starting this weekend, join an international wave of action in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. People of conscience who want to stand with the Palestinian struggle are urged to take action and develop Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts. This would strongly convey to Palestinians that they are not alone.

The ongoing, youth-led Palestinian uprising is a response to Israel’s intensifying ethnic cleansing and oppression of Palestinians, especially in occupied Jerusalem. In recent months, Israel has sped up its theft of Palestinian land and demolition of Palestinians homes, stepped up its racist attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, tightened the siege on Gaza and implemented new racist measures against Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Israel and its fundamentalist settler terror groups are savagely attacking Palestinian protests, executing Palestinian children and youth in the street and have left more than 1,000 with life-changing injuries.

An effective international response is urgently needed to pressure governments, institutions and corporations to end their role in Israel’s crimes.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), which leads the global BDS movement, is a broad coalition of Palestinian unions and organisations, many of which are involved in popular resistance. The BNC is calling for a wave of action this weekend in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle starting this weekend, October 16-18.

Let’s take international solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance to the next level through Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS):

  • Call for a military embargo and other sanctions against Israel at all protests and creative direct actions.
  • Maximize the benefit of solidarity protests by calling for BDS campaigns in all fields to further isolate Israel’s regime of occupation and apartheid, as was done to apartheid South Africa.
  • Campaign against complicit international companies, such as G4S and HP, and Israeli companies, such as Elbit Systems, that participate in Israel’s infrastructure of oppression.
  • Organize events, teach-ins, creative actions and occupations to educate about Palestinian rights through involvement in BDS campaigning.
  • Promote your actions using the hashtag #SolidarityWaveBDS.

Are you organising a protest in your town or city? Let us know about what you’re planning by filling out this form. We’ll be posting the details of all of the actions taking place across the world on our website at bdsmovement.net/solidarity-wave in the coming few days.

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Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights

Palestinian boycott activists salute the 1,000+ Black activists, scholars and artists for endorsing BDS for Palestinian rights 

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“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” – Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Occupied Palestine, August 25, 2015 — Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have today welcomed the statement issued by more than 1,000 African American activists, artists and scholars in solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom, justice and equality and in support of BDS.

The statement unequivocally calls for BDS and places an emphasis on the right of Palestinian refugees to “return to their homeland in present-day Israel” as “the most important aspect of justice for Palestinians.”

Mahmoud Nawajaa, the general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the broad Palestinian civil society coalition that leads the BDS movement, welcomed the declaration by saying, “The statement’s support for BDS against Israel’s regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid is particularly inspiring as it translates principled positions into morally-consistent actions that are capable of righting injustices.”

“The US civil rights movement has always been a key inspiration for us in the BDS movement. We are deeply moved by this powerful proclamation that evokes the spirit of that heroic civil rights struggle and the inspirational Black Lives Matter movement and epitomises speaking truth to power,” Nawajaa added.

Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the BDS movement, reacted to the statement, “This deeply moving and noble declaration by our Black brothers and sisters in the US and elsewhere is not just a genuine expression of effective, altruistic international solidarity. It is a poignant testament to the organic links that connect the Palestinian struggle for self-determination with the struggle of the oppressed around the world, including ongoing struggles for racial and economic justice by black people in the US and across the world.”

Barghouti added, “Despite the obvious differences, there are compelling similarities between the forms of oppression that both Palestinians and African-Americans live under. Dehumanization, dispossession, racial injustice and discrimination, state violence, criminalization of entire communities and impunity are all key characteristics are of the oppression faced by black Americans and Palestinians.”

The leading Black activists, scholars and artists’ call for boycotts and divestment against the private security company G4S is especially noteworthy. “G4S harms thousands of Palestinian political prisoners illegally held in Israel and hundreds of Black and brown youth held in its privatized juvenile prisons in the US,” their statement said. It profits from “incarceration and deportation from the US and Palestine, to the UKSouth Africa, and Australia,” the statement added, rejecting notions of “security” that “make any of our groups unsafe” and insisting that “no one is free until all of us are.”

In 2012, the BNC was one of several Palestinian human rights and civil society organisations that launched a large international BDS campaign against G4S, the British-Danish private security company that is deeply involved in Israel’s violations of prisoners’ rights and international law.

The boycott campaign has cost G4S many contracts around the world, including in the USIrelandNorwaySouth Africa, among others.

Under this intense pressure from the BDS movement, G4S has announced that it will not renew its contract with the Israeli Prison Service when it lapses in 2017. However, G4S has not yet made any written confirmation of this decision or ended any of its contracts supporting Israeli settlements, prisons, checkpoints and military bases, so Palestinian organisations are calling for the G4S campaign to continue.

BNC secretariat member Rafeef Ziadah said, “The BDS movement joins hands with the 1,000 Black activists that have issued this statement and with communities across the world in calling for the intensification of campaigns against G4S. Let us resist the role the company plays in human rights violations across the world, from Florida to Jerusalem and everywhere in between.”

“The current surge of mass Black activism for justice rekindles the whole world’s hope for a more peaceful, just and dignified world,” Ziadah added.

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