Letter to Store Managers

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Dear Store Manager:

We are people of diverse faiths, genders and ethnicities who have heeded the 2005 Palestinian Civil Society call to support their aspirations by engaging in a boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against the policies of the apartheid Israeli government, just as the BDS campaign that helped to bring down the South African regime during its apartheid era.

We represent many customers who believe in aligning the power of our purchasing dollars with principles that promote freedom, justice, and equality. Therefore, as people of conscience, we ask you to stop stocking products made by the Hewlett-Packard (HP) companies. The reasons are manifold.

HP companies provide the electronic biometric ID cards used at Israel’s discriminatory checkpoints inside the segregated West Bank to restrict the movements of Palestinians based on their religion and ethnicity. HP companies also provide technology for illegal settlements occupying Palestinian land, for the Israeli Ministry of Defense, and for the Israeli Navy to enforce the devastating blockade of the Gaza Strip.1 Additionally, in the United States, HP is complicit in facilitating the unprecedented deportation of US immigrants and in the abuse of California prisoners.

The 1970s boycott campaign targeted Polaroid for providing imaging services used by the South African apartheid government’s racist ID system. Decisions by managers like you to heed that call led to Polaroid eventually withdrawing from apartheid South Africa -- something widely acknowledged today as speeding the fall of that brutal system of oppression. Leaders of that Polaroid campaign are today calling for a boycott of HP.2

South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu observed: “I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of apartheid.”3

We hope you’ll stand on the right side of history by ending your store’s complicity in the violation of human rights both in Palestine and here in the US; and urge you to heed the call to end business with HP companies. If you cannot make the decision on your own to de-shelve Hewlett-Packard products, we hope you will share and also support our request in communicating with the corporate officers of your company.

We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you to answer any questions: hpboycott@gmail.com
1 HP Company | Investigate, American Friends Service Committee, investigate.afsc.org/company/hewlett-packard-company
2 Video: “What Makes HP an Important Boycott Target? featuring anti-Apartheid activist Caroline Hunter [Part1 of 2]”, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, URL: youtu.be/FA-Ot-OpQlM
3 “Divesting From Injustice”, Desmond Tutu, Archbisop Emeritus of Cape Town, June 13, 2010, The WorldPost, URL: