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.