Lewis Hamilton e-action
Watch the full video November 12, 9:30am EST, 3:30pm CET, 4:30pm Palestine, 8pm Delhi
Over a hundred trade unions, student associations, people’s movements and solidarity groups from across the world came together to send a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet, demanding that Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) be included in the database of businesses complicit in Israel’s settlement enterprise. HPE provides exclusive servers to maintain the database for Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority.
Palestinian citizen Maher Al-Akhras, a 49-year-old father of six, has been on a hunger strike since 27 July 2020 – 100 days today. He is protesting his administrative detention – detention without charges or trial – by Israeli occupation forces. This is the fifth time that Israel has arrested him. His sole demand is to be set free. Though Al-Akhras’ health is deteriorating and his life is at great risk, Israel’s apartheid regime, with the complicity of its High Court, continues to detain him under guard at an Israeli hospital.
Every day Israel entrenches its apartheid regime over the Palestinian people - seizing more Palestinian land, demolishing more homes, tightening its cruel siege on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and jailing Palestinians who protest. Complicit corporations like French insurance giant AXA play a key role in enabling Israeli repression.
This year has brought forth unprecedented challenges globally as an unequal world grapples with a global pandemic. This pandemic has laid bare deep divides that are built upon centuries of structural oppression- of racism, colonialism, neoliberal capitalism, patriarchy and climate catastrophe.
Tourism, and religious tourism more specifically, plays a direct role in legitimizing and expanding Israeli theft of Palestinian land. As annexation attempts under Netanyahu’s far right-wing government backed by a Trump White House flagrantly violate global human rights governance and international law, Israeli tourism in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) fundamentally enables this expansion while rendering vacationers and tourism businesses complicit.
As South African academics and intellectuals concerned with human rights, racism and colonialism, we are deeply concerned that the University of the Free State (UFS) has signed a partnership agreement with Haifa University. The latter Israeli university is deeply complicit in imposing an apartheid-like system on Palestinians and implicated in gross human rights abuses by supporting the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). Simultaneously, Israel’s efforts to cripple Palestinian higher education continues relentlessly. There are many Palestinian academics and students in prison.
HP-branded corporations: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc, play key roles in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. They are complicit in Israel’s occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid regime.
ABP, the biggest pension fund in the Netherlands and among the five biggest in the world, announced in June that it would divest from the Israeli banks Leumi and Hapoalim. ABP had a total of 75 million euros invested in the two banks. According to an ABP spokesperson the location where the banks operate has played a role in the assessment.
This November, the city of Liverpool (UK) was due to host the arms fair Electronic Warfare Europe at the city-run ACC Exhibition Centre. Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest private weapons manufacturer whose arms are regularly used by the Israeli military to kill and mame Palestinian civilians, was one of the fair's global partners.
We are coming to the end of an inspiring week of action during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where the demands by Palestinian and global civil society for a UN investigation of Israel’s apartheid and the imposition of lawful, targeted sanctions resonated widely. Today, we share powerful messages of solidarity endorsing these demands from leading figures in the struggle for justice in the Global South.