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#RaptorsDontGo Campaign Has Been Successful

Statement of Canadian BDS Coalition

October 22, 2019

The Canadian BDS Coalition is pleased to announce that the #RaptorsDontGo campaign has been successful. Our campaign was launched in June 2019, immediately following the Raptors victory in the NBA championship; and after team co-owner Larry Tanenbaum received extensive coverage in the Israeli media stating he would bring the team to visit Israel if they won the championship. The Israeli Embassy in Ottawa highlighted the issue, and tweeted the Raptors promising “we’ll call you…to help with the arrangements”.

However, the 2019-20 NBA new season has now begun and there has been no reported public team visit; and continued silence from all of the team owners on this issue.

The campaign from the onset seemed to strike a chord with many people, both in Canada and globally. Although the Israeli lobby has engaged in other sportswashing events, this particular attempt struck many as an incredibly blatant and crude exploitation of a popular victory for an overt political agenda.

#RaptorsDontGo took off on social media and the Coalition would like to thank all of the individuals and groups who helped the campaign become so popular so quickly. Our petition gathered over 6500 signatures, a parallel petition in the U.S., started by CodePink, had over 2700 people sign on, and Jewish Voice for Peace also picked up the campaign on social media.

The Chair of BDS Vancouver, Aiyanas Ormond, stated in an open letter: “Around the world poor and oppressed people have embraced basketball as a sport of the people, and basketball players, many of whom come from poor and struggling backgrounds, have an important history of taking progressive positions and giving back to their communities. From Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bill Russel’s stand with Mohammed Ali against the draft and the Vietnam War to public and collective statements against police brutality against Black people in America, NBA players have stood on the side of social and racial justice.”

Why exactly the Raptors team never went on the “promised trip” may have been the result of several factors, not the least of which was the quick and overwhelmingly negative response by so many basketball fans. This must surely have been noticed by the team’s owners – Bell 37.5%, Rogers 37.5% and Tanenbaum’s company Kilmer Sports 25%. Although Tanenbaum’s entity may not be impacted by public opinion on this issue, Bell and Rogers certainly are and have their broader business agenda to consider. Also, the protests that happened in Israel after the police shooting of an Ethiopian teenager on June 30, 2019, some referencing slogans of the Black Lives Matter movement, would have been a politically damaging backdrop for such a team visit.

The Canadian BDS Coalition is grateful that this visit did not materialize, as it would have given legitimacy to Israel’s war crimes. We feel the #RaptorsDontGo campaign also demonstrated the strength of popular grassroots campaigns that can mobilize to achieve justice for Palestinians. As with the Boycott Puma campaign, that calls out that company’s sponsorship of the Israeli Football Association which includes teams from the illegal settlements, the push-back on sportswashing of Israel’s dispossession of a whole nation and people is a critical part of the struggle for Palestinian rights.

Check out articles

Activists declare victory in #RaptorsDontGo campaign in Mondoweiss by Marion Kawas on October 23, 2019

RaptorsDontGo Campaign Announces Victory! in the Palestine Chronicle by Marion Kawas on October 24, 2019

#BoycottPuma Round Two

Join Second Global Day of Action, October 26

October 25, 2019, the Canadian BDS Coalition attempted to deliver this letter to Mark Mcquire the Head of Puma Canada, but the office had moved. We have emailed the letter, and have found current address, so will arrange for hard copy to be delivered early next week. See letter HERE. Contact Mark Mcquire the Head of Puma Canada at mark.maguire@puma.com

Groups around the world are gearing up for the second day of action protesting Puma’s support for Israel’s illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land. Join them on October 26! Led by
Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Across the world, fans of fair play and sports for everyone are joining the call from Palestinian teams and athletes to boycott sportswear manufacturer Puma until it ends support for Israel’s illegal military occupation and denial of Palestinian human rights.

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association (IFA), which proudly includes and advocates on behalf of teams in Israeli settlements pushing Palestinian families off their land. Israeli settlements are illegal and constitute a war crime under international law.

Last June, the Canada BDS Coalition joined groups in more than 20 countries joined the first Global #BoycottPuma Day of Action, with protests at Puma shops and offices and at Puma-sponsored teams. On social media, #BoycottPuma was THE most tweeted Puma-related hashtag that day.

We’re back for round two.

Do you own Puma Sportware? If so JOIN in the rebrand campaign. #RebrandPuma Check out details here

The Canadian BDS Coalition has been in touch with Puma Canada HQ during Round 1

Round 1:

Registered Mail

June 7, 2019 (along with emails)

PUMA Canada

Mark Mcquire

355 Admiral Blvd, Unit 4
Mississauga, ON L5T 2N1  

copies to: Communication Executives, Kerstin Neuber and Rober Bartunek,Berek Communications, and Customer Service. 

Dear Mr. Maquire, PUMA Canada

We write to your as Canadians concerned that Puma sponsors the Israel Football Association (IFA), which includes teams in illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land in violation of international law.
 
Puma’s endorsement of the IFA gives legitimacy to Israel’s illegal settlements pushing Palestinian families off their land.
 
As long as Puma sponsors teams in illegal Israeli settlements, we will respect the call from Palestinian athletes to boycott Puma.  We ask you to do the same.

We ask Puma Canada to recognize that the majority of Canadians are calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions related to the illegal acts of Israel.  

The 2017 EKOS poll showed 

  • Canadians believe overwhelmingly that sanctions are a reasonable way for Canada to censure countries violating international law and human rights,
  • Given the UN Security Council’s recent condemnation of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory, a strong majority of Canadians believe that government sanctions on Israel would be reasonable
  • In the context of Israel’s ongoing violations of international law, a very strong majority of Canadians believe that the Palestinians’ call for a boycott of Israel is reasonable, and
  • Far more Canadians oppose than support Parliament’s February, 2016 decision to condemn individuals and groups who promote the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israel.

Surely removing PUMA’s support for IFA  is not only the ethical, moral and legal step to take, but also good for business.  

We expect that people across Canada, along with those around the world will be making this very clear to Puma as we move towards International #BoycottPuma Day of Action, June 15, 2019.

We would be pleased to meet with you and members of your team here in Canada to discuss.

On behalf of the 

Canadian BDS Coalition

(over 30 member groups across Canada)

www.bdscoalition.ca

Response from Puma Canada and Puma International

on June 11, 2019

Dear Sir or Madame,

Thank you for reaching out to PUMA.

PUMA supplies the Israeli National Teams via a local distribution partner to compete in international competitions, and the football club Hapoel Beer Sheva through the end of the 2018/19 season. To claim we have any other official connection or association be it to the Israel Premier League, the Japanika League, or any other Israeli club team is incorrect.

Broadly speaking, PUMA continues to support and outfit athletes from all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. As a brand concerned only with the power that Sport has to bring people together, PUMA does not support any political direction, political parties or governments. Our devotion to universal equality is aligned with the fundamental principles of our #REFORM platform.


We welcome the opportunity to help everyone compete in sports no matter who they are or where they are from.

Request for clarification from the Canadian BDS Coaliiton

On Tue, 11 Jun 2019 at 10:21, Canadian BDS Coaltion <bdscoalition@gmail.com> wrote:


Thank you Kristina and Mark for your timely response.


Would you please clarify your response.  Are you saying that there is no support of any kind that goes to the  Israel Football Association (IFA)?  You mention that  support does go to  Israeli National Teams.  Which teams are these?  You also mention support to football club Hapoel Beer Sheva.  As well, you mention NO support goes to the Israeli Premier/Japanika League. .
Would you please clarify and make a definitive statement that NO support has gone to the Israel Football Association.


The Israel Football Association has teams in Israeli settlement in occupied Palestine, which is part of the territory of the Palestinian affiliate.  This is occupied territory under international humanitarian law (the Fourth Geneva Convention).   The international call to PUMA is to  withdraw support to the Israeli Football Association until it withdraws teams from these illegally occupied land. If there has been no support to the Israel Football Association in any form from PUMA including through local distribution partners we would welcome that news. It is not clear in your message that this is the case, so we would appreciate further information in this regard.  If PUMA is announcing its withdraw of funding from the Israel Football Association through your correspondence would you please make this clear, and also indicate if you will be making a public notification in this regard.


See:  https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/01/10/fifa-must-take-strong-stance-against-israeli-settlement-clubs

Round Two:

We have not heard from you!

October 15, 2019 by email

Dear Mr. Maguire


We did not hear back from you with clarification to our June 11th email.  


Now that we are approaching the next round of give Puma the Boot later in October, we would welcome your clarification.


Best,

Canadian BDS Coalition

What can you do

  1. Check out the BNC information and action page.
  2. The Canadian BDS Coalition has registered, but individual groups are also encouraged to register their own actions
  3. Share Facebook post from @BDSCoalition.
  4. Share tweets from @Canadian_BDS
  5. Write Mark Mcquire the Head of Puma Canada at mark.maguire@puma.com

Let Puma Feel the Pressure

Puma is feeling the pressure. To sideline criticism, Puma is resorting to ridiculous claims, including a “devotion to universal equality.”

A “devotion to universal equality” must mean not sporting with apartheid! It requires Puma to end its:

  • complicity in whitewashing Israel’s illegal land grabs that rob Palestinians of territory and natural resources.
  • support for Israel’s occupation infrastructure that denies Palestinian athletes their rights to freedom of movement and to practice sports.
  • sponsorship of the Israel Football Association.

This year’s Palestine Football Cup has been postponed indefinitely because Israel has denied permits for virtually all players from the winning team of the Gaza League to travel to the occupied West Bank for the finals. Just last week, Israeli forces raided a family football tournament in occupied East Jerusalem, preventing it from going ahead.

Puma’s iconic leaping cat is profiting from Israel’s ever-expanding illegal settlement enterprise and its denial of basic Palestinian human rights.

Join us as we step up pressure on Puma to live up to its claim of promoting social justice.

#IVotePalestine

I VOTE FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY

Click to:
JOIN THIS FB EVENT PAGE AND PLEDGE #IVotePalestine

In the upcoming Canadian general election scheduled for October 21, 2019, we commit to vote for candidates and parties that:
• Support Palestinian human and national rights including the inalienable right to self-determination.
• Oppose Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid.
• Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
• Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
• Support ending Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.
• Oppose Canadian tax-deductible status for the Jewish National Fund JNF, HESEG Foundation and all Zionist organizations that are disguised as charities while supporting the Israeli military and settlements.
• Recognize the rights of Canadians to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement as a non-violent strategy to force Israel to abide by UN resolutions and all international humanitarian laws, and
• Oppose condemning or criminalizing people or organizations who support the BDS Movement.

JE VOTE POUR LA LIBERTÉ, LA JUSTICE ET L’ÉGALITÉ
REJOIGNEZ CETTE PAGE D’ÉVÉNEMENT FB ET PRENEZ UN ENGAGEMENT #IVotePalestine
Lors des prochaines élections générales au Canada, prévues pour le 21 octobre 2019, nous nous engageons à voter pour les candidats et les partis qui:
• Soutiennent les droits de l’homme et les droits nationaux des Palestiniens, y compris le droit inaliénable à l’autodétermination.
• S’opposent au nettoyage ethnique israélien, aux crimes de guerre et à l’apartheid.
• Reconnaissent les droits fondamentaux des citoyens et citoyennes arabo-palestiniens d’Israël à la pleine égalité.
• Respectent, protègent et promeuvent le droit de retour des réfugiés palestiniens et la repossession de leurs propriétés, conformément à la résolution 194 des Nations Unies.
• Supportent la fin de l’occupation israélienne et de la colonisation de toutes les terres arabes ainsi que le démantèlement du mur.
• S’opposent au statut d’organisme de bienfaisance, déductible d’ impôts au Canada, pour le Fonds national juif ( FNJ), la Fondation HESEG, et toutes les organisations sionistes déguisées en œuvres de charité qui soutiennent l’armée israélienne et les colonies de peuplement.
• Reconnaissent le droit des Canadiens d’appuyer le mouvement BDS (Boycott Désinvestissement et Sanctions) en tant que stratégie non violente pour forcer Israël à se conformer aux résolutions de l’ONU et à l’ensemble du droit international humanitaire, et
• S’opposent à la condamnation ou à la criminalisation des personnes ou des organisations qui soutiennent le mouvement BDS.

Here are the hosts and endorsers of the campaign

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
APAC – Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians
Canada Palestine Association
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
Coalition against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria
Independent Jewish Voices
Independent Jewish Voices – Winnipeg
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
Justice for Palestinians, Calgary
Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association OPRA
OPIRG Guelph
Palestine Just Trade
Palestine Solidarity Working Group (Sudbury)
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (Montreal)
Palestinian Canadian Congress
Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Regina Peace Council
Socialist Action
St. John’s Solidarity with Palestine
United for Palestine – Toronto/GTA

This event page will update voters on the positions of individual candidates and parties regarding these issues.

#IVotePalestine: Roger Waters on Canadian Policy and BDS from Canadian BDS Coalition on Vimeo.

PRINT to provide to candidates seeking your vote. Let them know what is important to securing your vote.

Write to your local candidates. CLICK HERE to download letter which you can customize.

To find your candidates check out Election Canada and then in order to find candidate info for your riding go to specific political parties through the links provided.

You can also find candidates for the following parties at the links:

Liberal Party of Canada

New Democratic Party

Conservative Party of Canada

Bloc Québécois

Green Party of Canada

#IVotePalestine

I VOTE FOR FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND EQUALITY

Click to:
JOIN THIS FB EVENT PAGE AND PLEDGE #IVotePalestine

In the upcoming Canadian general election scheduled for October 21, 2019, we commit to vote for candidates and parties that:
• Support Palestinian human and national rights including the inalienable right to self-determination.
• Oppose Israeli ethnic cleansing, war crimes and apartheid.
• Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality.
• Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.
• Support ending Israeli occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall.
• Oppose Canadian tax-deductible status for the Jewish National Fund JNF, HESEG Foundation and all Zionist organizations that are disguised as charities while supporting the Israeli military and settlements.
• Recognize the rights of Canadians to support the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions BDS movement as a non-violent strategy to force Israel to abide by UN resolutions and all international humanitarian laws, and
• Oppose condemning or criminalizing people or organizations who support the BDS Movement.

JE VOTE POUR LA LIBERTÉ, LA JUSTICE ET L’ÉGALITÉ
REJOIGNEZ CETTE PAGE D’ÉVÉNEMENT FB ET PRENEZ UN ENGAGEMENT #IVotePalestine
Lors des prochaines élections générales au Canada, prévues pour le 21 octobre 2019, nous nous engageons à voter pour les candidats et les partis qui:
• Soutiennent les droits de l’homme et les droits nationaux des Palestiniens, y compris le droit inaliénable à l’autodétermination.
• S’opposent au nettoyage ethnique israélien, aux crimes de guerre et à l’apartheid.
• Reconnaissent les droits fondamentaux des citoyens et citoyennes arabo-palestiniens d’Israël à la pleine égalité.
• Respectent, protègent et promeuvent le droit de retour des réfugiés palestiniens et la repossession de leurs propriétés, conformément à la résolution 194 des Nations Unies.
• Supportent la fin de l’occupation israélienne et de la colonisation de toutes les terres arabes ainsi que le démantèlement du mur.
• S’opposent au statut d’organisme de bienfaisance, déductible d’ impôts au Canada, pour le Fonds national juif ( FNJ), la Fondation HESEG, et toutes les organisations sionistes déguisées en œuvres de charité qui soutiennent l’armée israélienne et les colonies de peuplement.
• Reconnaissent le droit des Canadiens d’appuyer le mouvement BDS (Boycott Désinvestissement et Sanctions) en tant que stratégie non violente pour forcer Israël à se conformer aux résolutions de l’ONU et à l’ensemble du droit international humanitaire, et
• S’opposent à la condamnation ou à la criminalisation des personnes ou des organisations qui soutiennent le mouvement BDS.

Read more:

In run-up to Canada’s elections, Palestinian activists launch ‘#IVotePalestine’ by Marion Kawas, August 21, 2019, MONDOWEISS

Time to Breach the Wall of Silence on Supporting Israeli War Crimes! by Marion Kawas, August 25, 2019, THE PALESTINE CHRONICLES

Why Palestine looms large in Canada’s election campaign by Jeremy Wildeman, October 3, 2019, MIDDLE EAST EYE

Encouraging response from the NDP see HERE

Here are the hosts and endorsers of the campaign

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
APAC – Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians
Canada Palestine Association
Canadian BDS Coalition
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
Coalition against Israeli Apartheid, Victoria
Independent Jewish Voices
Independent Jewish Voices – Winnipeg
Just Peace Advocates/Mouvement Pour Une Paix Juste
Justice for Palestinians, Calgary
Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Oakville Palestinian Rights Association OPRA
OPIRG Guelph
Palestine Just Trade
Palestine Solidarity Working Group (Sudbury)
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (Montreal)
Palestinian Canadian Congress
Peace Alliance Winnipeg
Regina Peace Council
Socialist Action
St. John’s Solidarity with Palestine
United for Palestine – Toronto/GTA



This event page will update voters on the positions of individual candidates and parties regarding these issues.

#IVotePalestine: Roger Waters on Canadian Policy and BDS from Canadian BDS Coalition on Vimeo.

PRINT to provide to candidates seeking your vote. Let them know what is important to securing your vote.

Write to your local candidates. CLICK HERE to download letter which you can customize.

To find your candidates check out Election Canada and then in order to find candidate info for your riding go to specific political parties through the links provided.

You can also find candidates for the following parties at the links:

Liberal Party of Canada

New Democratic Party

Conservative Party of Canada

Bloc Québécois

Green Party of Canada

HP Free Zone

HP-branded corporations play key roles in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. They are complicit in Israel’s occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid regime. They provide computer hardware to the Israeli army and maintain data centers through their servers for the Israeli police. They provide the Itanium servers to operate the Aviv System, the computerized database of Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority. This forms the backbone of Israel’s racial segregation and apartheid. BDS. Read more

Organizations, Workplaces, Unions, Faith Groups

Declare your organization, your workplace, your union, your faith group, or your home HP Free.

You can declare your organization HP-Free by either:

i) having NO HP equipment & pledging to NOT buy any HP equipement

ii) by pledging to not buy HP equipment, and marking the equipment you presently as “THIS IS MY LAST HP”

PLEDGE HERE

These organizations have declared themselves HP Free

Just Peace Advocates

Palestine Just Trade

Oakville Palestinian Rights Association

BBCF in Victoria

Socialist Action

Workers’ Action Movement

NDP Socialist Caucus

CAIA Victoria

Guelph OPRIG

Palestine Solidarity Working Group -Sudbury. 

Regina Peace Council

Individuals can pledge here

Get “THIS IS MY LAST HP!” Stickers

send message to bdscoalition@gmail.com to request your stickers

Suggested donation $20 for 100 stickers, $15 for 50 stickers, $5 to $10 for small personal supply

Etransfer to bdscoalition@gmail.com

Contact us by email if you wish to send a cheque

Learn more

Check out more at https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp

Printable Brochure: Palestinians NEED A just peace

Click HERE for a brochure you can print & share.

BDS includes:
 Boycott of Israeli goods and
institutions.
 Divesting from corporations profiting
from Israel’s oppression of
Palestinians, and
 Sanctions against Israel like those
against South African apartheid.
Palestinians demand their rights:

The call includes:
• An end to 50+years of military
occupation.
• Equal rights for Palestinians in historic Palestine
• Respect for right of return

A printable brochure you can use to share information about Palestine, and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions call

Victory: The Current is Cut Between Hydro-Québec and Israel Electric

The Coalition BDS Québec has announced that Hydro-Québec has declined to renew an agreement with its Israeli counterpart, Israel Electric.

“This victory is important for us in Quebec,” John Philpot, an international lawyer and a member of the Coalition BDS Québec, told The Electronic Intifada. Check out full article in Electronic Intifada.

The Coalition BDS Québec reports that “During the summer of 2019, in response to a  request for a meeting  with Hydro-Québec’s new Board Chair, Ms. Côté, when we were warned of an upcoming hearing at the Commission d’accès à la information, the Executive Vice-President – Corporate and Legal Affairs and Head of Corporate Governance wrote to us , “without commenting in any way on the point of view expressed in [our] correspondence,” that the HQ-IEC agreement , due May 22, 2019, has not been renewed !” In addition, the entire content of the agreement is finally communicated to the Coaliton, and the hearing at the CAI is therefore canceled.

On August 27, the Coalition BDS Québec published a press release.  Hydro Quebec immediately sent a letter , signed by its chief – Public Affairs and Media, stating that the decision not to renew the HQ-IEC agreement had no political impact, which we doubt strongly.

The Rest of the Country

The Canadian BDS Coalition has been in touch with the approximately 40 electric companies across Canada, and has heard from some they do NOT have any working agreements with Israel Electric, but are waiting to hear from others. Follow up with take places with those who have not confirmed that they are not in relationship with Israel Electric.

Photo: Israeli warplanes make a ceremonial flyby of the Israel Electric Corporation’s Orot Rabin coal-fired generating station, to mark what Israel calls its Independence Day, May 2017. The power company is deeply complicit in Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. (via Facebook) Electronic Intifada

Boycott TEVA – Apartheid is BAD Medicine

The Canadian BDS Coalition joins in the BDS Vancouver campaign Boycott TEVA-Apartheid is Bad Medicine. LIKE the FACEBOOK PAGE to follow the campaign.

Boycott TEVA, the Israeli pharmaceutical company that is one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world.

Order a strip of our “No TEVA” stickers for free by clicking on the Send Message button at the top right of this page and letting us know where to send your Boycott TEVA kit. Or just tell your regular pharmacy to put a permanent “No TEVA” note on your file!

Who Profits provides the following information regarding Teva, a global pharmaceutical company and the world’s largest generic drug manufacturer. The company develops, produces and markets generic, innovative and branded drugs. Teva currently operates in approximately 60 countries with an estimated 45,000 employees worldwide.

Teva is the largest commercial (and industrial) company on the Israeli market by equity, net profit, operating income and market value. The company is also the largest provider of healthcare products and services in the Israeli market, by sales volume. Teva distributes healthcare products and services, including consumer healthcare products, hospital supplies, dialysis equipment and disposables, diagnostics and home care services. An Israeli subsidiary – Salomon, Levin and Elstein, provides logistical support for Teva’s sales and distribution activities in Israel, including the distribution of third parties of several multinational pharmaceutical companies. READ MORE on WHO PROFITS about TEVA.

“Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. agreed to pay $85 million to settle an Oklahoma lawsuit…Oklahoma said J&J and Teva helped create a public-health crisis from opioid abuse that killed thousands of its residents.” Read more HERE.

TEVA is also BigPharma and has been recently named in an anti-trust lawsuit in the U.S., as helping to “mastermind a sweeping conspiracy among generic drugmakers to raise the price of medicines” Read more HERE.

#BoycottTeva

Canadian Coalition Joins with AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL Call to Trip Advisor to pull out of the Israeli illegal settlements

Tell TripAdvisor to pull out of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine

The Canadian BDS Coalition stands in solidarity with Amnesty International TripAdvisor campaign to

Ask Stephen Kaufer, CEO of TripAdvisor Inc. to stop listing or promoting properties, activities and attractions located in illegal Israeli settlements or run by settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PETITION

Image result for amnesty international

TripAdvisor lists more than 70 different properties, activities and attractions in illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). By doing so, TripAdvisor is boosting the settlement economy and contributing to settlement expansion. The company’s promotion of settlements as a tourist destination helps to “normalise” and legitimise them to the public. Settlements are illegal under international law – their creation amounts to a war crime. Settlements are on stolen Palestinian land. They should not be tourist destinations.

Listen Up: Mary Anne Yule, President & CEO, HP Canada

The following letter has been sent by email and registered mail to Mary Anne Yule, President & CEO, HP Canada

Mary Anne Yule, President/CEO

HP Canada

5150 Spectrum Way #600

Mississauga, ON L4W 5G1

Sent by email & registered mail

15 July 2019

Dear Ms. Yule

We are writing to you to demand that Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. end your involvement in Israel’s grave violations of Palestinian rights and system of military occupation, racial segregation and oppression. 

We write as to you Ms. Yule as the CEO and President of HP Canada asking you to take leadership. We ask HP Canada to Listen Up.  We remind you that:

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion fifteen years ago on July 9, 2004 ruled that Israel’s building of a barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal and said construction must stop immediately and Israel should make reparations for any damage caused.

June 9, 2004: The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion today that Israel’s building of a barrier in the occupied Palestinian territory is illegal and said construction must stop immediately and Israel should make reparations for any damage caused.

Just as many companies profited in the past from the South African apartheid regime, HP companies are today profiting from Israeli apartheid. Increasingly around the world, HP stands for harming Palestinians among churches and unions representing millions from India to the UK and from the US to Malaysia. In Canada, organizations are declaring themselves HP Free, and individuals pledging to not buy HP going forward.

Today marks a year since the Israeli parliament adopted the Jewish Nation-State Law, conveying constitutional status to its apartheid regime against Palestinian citizens of Israel. We are marking this occasion by strengthening the struggle against Israel’s apartheid, occupation and colonization against Palestinians and against complicit corporations, like yours, that enable this system of oppression to continue.

Both HP Inc. and HPE have ongoing ties with Israel that entrench its daily human rights violations. HPE provides the exclusive Itanium servers for the Aviv System of Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority. This system is the backbone of the apartheid regime that racially discriminates against Palestinians and other non-Jewish citizens of Israel, treated as second-class citizens. 

This apartheid is at its worst when it comes to Palestinian ‘residents’ of occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem, whose basic rights can be revoked arbitrarily. 

HP Inc. provides computer hardware to the Israeli army, that maintains the illegal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. 

HPE also maintains the Yesha database, which compiles information on Israeli citizens in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, which are condemned under international law as war crimes.

Both companies, in their communication, mention human rights as a core value to their work. And yet, they maintain these criminal ties and profit from Israel’s racism and violent denial of Palestinian human rights. 

Until HP-branded companies convincingly end their ties in Israel’s crimes and respect their own commitment to the essential values of human rights and international law, we shall continue to boycott and divest from them. This is part of our moral obligation to support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. 

In Canada, the legislation, the War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Legislation provides a direct accountability of the Rome Statues and International Humanitarian Law to the Canadian law including the Criminal Code.  We trust you will consider your accountability under international law as well as domestic law, regarding the Fourth Geneva Convention within the context of HP in Canada

We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and your Canadian management team, Ms. Yule.  We did write to you in March 2017, but you provided no response.  The letter is attached for your information.  We continue to look to you to take leadership within HP Canada; leadership to speak out against violations of International Humanitarian Law and abuses of human rights associated with HP technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonization over the Palestinian people.

Sincerely,

Karen Rodman on behalf of

The Canadian BDS Coalition

bdscoalition@gmail.com

Copy to:

Antonio Neri, Chief Executive Officer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

6280 America Center Dr.

San Jose, CA, USA

(antonio@hpe.com & antonio.neri@hpe.com

Dion Weisler, Chief Executive Officer

HP Inc.

1501 Page Mill Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304

(dion@hp.com

Links:

https://www.icj-cij.org/

https://bdscoalition.ca/2019/07/08/hp-canada-listen-up/

https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp

https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-45.9/

March 19, 2017

Mary Anne Yule,
President and CEO at HP Canada
5150 Spectrum Way #600,
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5G1

Meg Whitman,
President and CEO, HPE
Canadian HPE HQ
5150 Spectrum Way, Floor 4-5
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5G1

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Dear Ms. Yule and Ms. Whitman,

Canadian citizens concerned about International Humanitarian Law violations and human right abuses are among the more than 1.8 million people who have signed a petition calling on Hewlett Packard (HP) and Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) to end its role in Israeli apartheid and settler colonialism.

We write to you, as the Presidents and CEOs at HP Canada and HPE to let you know that we are concerned, and look to you to take leadership within HP Canada and HEP; leadership to speak out against the violations of International Humanitarian Law and abuses of human rights associated with HP/HPE technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonialism over the Palestinian people.

From November 25 to December 3, 2016, a Global Week of Action took place that led to over 150 actions in over 100 cities on six continents. These actions highlighted HP/HPE’s provision of key services and technology infrastructure that enables the Israeli military occupation of Palestinian lands and suppression of Palestinian human rights.

We write to make you aware that Canadians took part in these actions in several cities across the country, as well as through social media actions. We are hearing from consumers that they are concerned about the social actions of HP/HPE.

Canadians like people across the world will continue this action, with the hope they can show you, that enabling Israeli apartheid is bad for business. Just as companies like Veolia and G4S have stepped away from Israeli contracts following worldwide BDS campaigns, so too can the HP companies — especially if HP/HPE wants to begin to live up to its stated principles of global citizenship that fulfills its “responsibility to society by being an economic, intellectual and social asset to each country and community where they do business.”

The campaign against HP was launched quite recently but has already achieved some important successes.

South African Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote, “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.”

In the 1970s, there was a similar campaign targeting Polaroid for likewise providing imaging services used by the South African apartheid government’s racist ID system. Procurement decisions led to Polaroid eventually withdrawing from Apartheid South Africa along with other corporations — something widely acknowledged today as speeding the fall of that brutal system of oppression. Leaders of the Polaroid campaign are today calling for a boycott of HP.

Recently a professional poll has indicated that our government’s policy on Israel is out of touch with the Canadian public’s opinion. Most Canadians say sanctions and boycott are reasonable measures to defend Palestinian rights.

We expect you to show just leadership and stand on the right side of history to end your company’s complicity with Israeli oppression.

We would be glad to meet with you in this regard.

Respectively signed by friends and members of the Canadian BDS Coalition:

Independent Jewish Voices – Winnipeg
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) – Montreal
Justice for Palestinians, Calgary
United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)
Canada Palestine Association, Vancouver
Palestinian Solidarity Working Group, Sudbury
Peace of Peace, London
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) & Durham College Students for Justice for Palestinians
Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundations (BBCF)
Palestine Solidarity Network-Edmonton
CODEPINK
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) – Toronto
Actions for Palestine- Toronto
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid-Victoria
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
Christian Peacemaker Teams – Ontario
Independent Jewish Voices, Canada
Solidarity with Palestine, St. John’s, Newfoundland

 “Divesting From Injustice”, Desmond Tutu, Archbisop Emeritus of Cape Town, June 13, 2010, The WorldPost, URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/desmond-tutu/divesting-from-injustice_b_534994.html

Video: “What Makes HP an Important Boycott Target? feat. anti-Apartheid activist Caroline Hunter [Part1 of 2]”, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, URL: youtu.be/FA-Ot-OpQlM

See results at: http://www.cjpme.org/survey and http://ijvcanada.org/2017/2017-israel-palestine-bds-survey/