The London-based Arab organization for human rights called on the international community to take action against the American company Hewlett-Packard (HP) for its complicity in serious Israeli violations against human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
The Arab organization for human rights (AOHR) accused HP of providing under contract different Israeli ministries with the latest software and hardware technology for military and security purposes in settlements and at checkpoints.
"The involvement of such large company having interests in many Arab and Islamic countries in providing the occupation with the latest technology has significant implications and raises many questions, most importantly, does this company have no fear of losing its business interests in the Arab and Islamic worlds? Why does such a big company with branches in more than 170 countries and more than 300,000 employees, and whose annual proceeds are estimated at $126 billion need to enter into contracts with an occupying force violating human rights? Is its contract with the occupation regime motivated by profit or an ideological commitment towards it?" a report issued by AOHR stated on Tuesday.
"The company's focus on activities at checkpoints and the segregation wall is sufficient to answer some of these questions as the company provided checkpoints with an electronic system known as Basel operated and maintained by it in order to control the movement of Palestinians at these points," AOHR clarified.
"As the company is fully aware of the serious violations the Palestinians are exposed to at these points, its contract to provide such services in such areas reveals that its motives are not only for financial gains but also for an ideological commitment to help an occupying force against a vulnerable people," it added.
AOHR also noted that HP company also provided the Israeli navy with guidance and control equipment used in the blockade on Gaza and especially in attacking aid ships as happened with Freedom Flotilla convoy.
HP company, according to the report, also helps promote the economy of illegal Israeli settlements through its subsidiaries in Modi'in Illit settlement by marketing the products of these settlements.
HP also participated in the smart city project of Ariel settlement (illegal under international law) by establishing an electronic system for storing information and facilitating communication between various facilities and institutions in the settlement.
AOHR called on the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the European Union to pressure HP to rescind its contacts with the Israeli regime and its settlement companies.
It also urged the Arab and Muslim nations to boycott HP in order to force it to end its activities in the occupied lands.