Holiday Carols with that Boycott Spirit!

Christmas_carollers_against_HPHere are new lyrics to old holiday standards just in time to carol for BDS outside your neighborhood Hewlett-Packard outlet. These come from the creative-activist genius of comedian Dave Lippman, “Bard of the Bankers” and fellow agitator against apartheid. You can learn more about him (and find his next performance) at his website. Here is the link to his collection of “songs to boycott by” including video and sound recordings.

O little town of Bethlehem

1

O little town of Bethlehem

Imprisoned by HP

Ten million shekels have been spent

To rule the Galilee

One comp’ny brings the servers, the software and IT

The hopes and dreams of Palestine

Are ruined by HP

2

O Hewlett-Packard, we beseech

Yet still we see thee lie!

About Israeli I.D. Cards

The tools to terrorize

Yes in this I.D. shineth

The ghost of Polaroid;

Whose services for apartheid

You now have redeployed

3

How silently the natives wait

In checkpoint fortress maze

The biometrics from HP

Inform the soldier’s gaze

They run homeland security

For ethnic cleansing’s reign

Where colonizers welcome them,

The conquered to constrain

4

O wholly owned subsidiary,

called HP Enterprise

Cast out your sin and enter in,

Don’t be apartheid’s eyes

We hear your human rights talk

So stop your

Oh, come to us, abide with us,

Free Palestine today

**

O-oh justice for Palestinian women and men

(tune: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)

Boycott HP because you see

They bring only dismay

Israel’s illegal settlements

Are where they work today

The Ministry of Industry

Sees fit to pay their way

[Refrain]

O-oh justice for Palestinian,

Women and men,

The question is not i-i-if but when.

In prisons in the holy land

They bring technology

Resisters who defend their land

Kept under lock and key

Israel jails people for their words

And daring to be free

O-oh justice for Palestinian,

Women and men,

The question is not i-i-if but when.

With facial recognition HP keeps the people down

The tools of occupation, their villages surround

Facilitating subjugation, checkpoints at each town

O-oh justice for Palestinian,

Women and men,

The question is not i-i-if but when.

**

Hewlett-Packard’s Coming to Town

(tune: Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

You better watch out

You better not buy

You better read up

I’m telling you why

Hewlett Packard’s Coming to Town

They’re making a list

A big database

Palestinians’ rights

They daily erase

Hewlett Packard’s Coming to Town

They build the infrastructure

To blockade the Gaza Strip

Supply all the computers

For every tank and ship, so

You better watch out

You better not buy

International law

Their actions defy

Hewlett Packard’s Coming to Town

**

Shekels, Shekels, Shekels

(tune: Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel)

I have a little camera

It knows your hands and face

And when it’s at the checkpoint

It keeps you in your place

Oh Shekels, shekels, shekels

To keep the folks at bay

And when I do surveillance

Ten million they will pay

Your movement is restricted

Your attitude is checked

I lock you in your ghetto

Domination I perfect

Oh Shekels, shekels, shekels

To keep the folks at bay

And when I build apartheid

Ten million they will pay

Ethnicity’s important

I put it on your card

That’s how I know to build a wall

Between your house and yard

Oh Shekels, shekels, shekels

To take the people’s land

But if you boycott HP

For freedom you will stand

But if you boycott HP

For freedom you will stand


Sample Minute: Boycott and Divest from HP

We at QPIN have started to focus on Hewlett Packard’s role in facilitating the Israeli occupation through the information systems it sells to Israel. Among the actions Quaker meetings can take– at the monthly, quarterly, and yearly levels– is to craft a minute in support of boycotting and divesting from HP. Here’s a sample minute:

“Look upon our treasure, the furniture of our houses, and our garments, and try whether the seeds of war have nourishment in these our possessions.”  – John Woolman

This summer’s Operation Protective Edge, the 51 day bombardment of the Israel Defense Forces on Gaza which killed over 2,000 Gazans, the expansion of Israeli settlements into east Jerusalem in September, and the ongoing human rights abuses of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory all reveal the excessive violence and repression enacted by the Israeli government on Palestinians. The US government and US citizens are complicit in the occupation through the $3 billion in military aid we supply through defense contract vouchers to Israel each year.  Several US companies are also complicit and profit from the continued occupation of Palestinian territory including Hewlett Packard which manufactures and supplies the biometric identification technologies that limit Palestinian movement and identifies them as targets for other forms of discrimination. Hewlett Packard is the largest IT supplier to the Israeli military and is profiting from the oppression of the Palestinian people.

As Quakers opposed to all wars and who affirm the essential equality and dignity of all people, we take a moral stand against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and companies which profit from the suffering of others. We have carefully deliberated and educated ourselves on the situation in Israel and Palestine and take a public stand to boycott all HP products and divest from any holdings in our investments that would support the continued oppression and subjugation of Palestinians including of HP investments as long as HP continues their practice of supplying tools of oppression to the Israeli government. We will participate in public boycott actions and encourage all Quakers to join us in renouncing complicity in the occupation and taking a moral stand against the occupation especially through boycott and divestment actions of all companies which profit from the occupation, but especially Hewlett Packard as a United States company.


Five Things You Can Do to Boycott HP

HPWallimageSeveral US companies are complicit and profit from the continued occupation of Palestinian territory including Hewlett Packard which manufactures and supplies the biometric identification technologies that limit Palestinian movement and identifies them as targets for other forms of discrimination. Hewlett Packard is the largest IT supplier to the Israeli military and is profiting from the oppression of the Palestinian people. Here are five things you and your Meeting can do to put pressure on Hewlett Packard to stop profiting from human rights abuses.

1. Educate your community about HP’s connection to the Israeli military occupation. (Link to the resources listed here under “Focus on HP”)

2. Sign the petition to HP.

3. Introduce a Minute in your Monthly Meeting. A sample minute will be posted here shortly.

4. Look at your investment portfolio and divest from your HP shares.

5. Join in Holiday actions to bring attention to the HP boycott. (Stay tuned for suggestions for alternative carols and actions)


About the Q-PIN Blog

Over many years, Quakers have worked to support the development of lasting peace with justice in Israel Palestine. In the past few years several monthly meetings and yearly meetings have issued minutes of support for boycott and divestment as a nonviolent approach to advocate for change. Ann Arbor Meeting, Swannanoa Valley Meeting, Illinois Yearly Meeting to name just a few have expressed concern and actively advocated for peace and there is a growing energy and movement emerging among Friends. Q-PIN (The Quaker Palestine Israel Network) was founded in the Fall of 2013 to support the growth of this movement of Friends, to educate about boycott, divestment, and sanctions as a nonviolent approach, and to work together across Quaker meetings and churches and with the interfaith movement for greater impact.


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