HP is a global provider of computer products, including PCs, printers, servers, software, and IT services and solutions. In the United States, HP is one of the top 25 defense contractors with the Pentagon/U.S. Department of Defense. HP also provides products and services to the Department of Homeland Security for enhanced immigration status checks. According to Washington Technology, well over half of HP’s revenue from contracts with the federal government comes from the defense sector; additionally, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute includes HP among the top arms-producing and military services companies in the world.
HP provides on-going support and maintenance to a biometric ID system installed in Israeli checkpoints in the occupied West Bank which deprive Palestinians of the freedom of movement in their own land and allows the Israeli military occupation to grant or deny special privileges to the civilians under its control. HP is also working with the Israeli government to manufacture and distribute a biometric ID system for all Israeli citizens, which categorizes citizens by their ethnic background and serves to discriminate against Arab citizens. HP manages the IT infrastructure for the Israeli navy and supplies the Israeli army with equipment and services specific to the needs of the military occupation. It is involved in the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the intricate mechanisms of physical separations and restrictions of movement. HP also supports Israel's occupation of Palestinian land by providing a computerised storage system to an illegal settlement.
In the United States, HP is profitting from the US prison system and aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The HP website describes their provisions for prisons across the country with offender, healthcare, visitor and administrative management and kiosk services through their HP Offender Management service. Beginning in 2010, HP was awarded a contract by the US Department of Homeland Security ICE Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC) to speed up the internal process of deciding a person’s documentation status.
Campaigns targeting HP are calling on this U.S. high-tech multinational company to stop supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestine, as well as Israeli war crimes and human rights violations, and to pull out of its biometric ID projects which facilitate ethnic segregation and discrimination.