In this video, members of the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Rabbinical Council call for divestment from occupation profiteer Hewlett-Packard. The video plays on the phrase âNext year in Jerusalemâ traditionally uttered at Passover seder dinners, which Jews around the world will gather for next week. It is part of JVPâs âHewlett-Packard: Harming Peaceâ campaign.via The Electronic Intifada and Jewish Voice for Peace
Hewlett-Packard makes electronic systems Israel uses to control the movement of Palestinians and has been specifically targeted in a number of divestment campaigns.
âThis year in Jerusalem, Israeli policies limit the number of Palestinians who can live in the cityâ of Jerusalem, says Rabbi Brant Rosen.
âThis year in Jerusalem, Palestinian Jerusalemites are considered permanent residents. Israel considers them immigrants,â adds Rabbi Margaret Holub. Effectively, Israel treats Palestinians whose roots in Jerusalem go back generations as if they were immigrants who must earn and qualify for the right to remain.
âThis year in Jerusalem, a Hewlett-Packard powered system divides Palestinians into four categories, each with different rights: blue Israeli IDs, blue-green Palestinian Jerusalem IDs, green West Bank IDs and orange Gaza IDs,â Rabbi David Mivasair explains.
The video notes that according to Human Rights Watch, over 640,000 Palestinians risk separation from a direct family member who holds a different color identity cards. Israelâs âcenter of lifeâ policy requires that Palestinian Jerusalemites prove continuous residency in the city to retain their Jerusalem ID. Thereâs no such requirement for Jewish Israelis.
The decision to grant or deny residency to Jerusalemâs indigenous Palestinian population is at the sole discretion of Israeli authorities. Meanwhile, Rosen says, âJews throughout the world are entitled to receive automatic and immediate citizenship through Israelâs Law of Return for Jews and to reside in Jerusalem at will.â
The Electronic Intifada has previously reported on Israelâs revocation of Palestinian Jerusalemitesâ residency rights.
Cantor Michael Davis calls on churches and pension funds: âletâs divest from Hewlett-Packard, so that next year âŠ weâll be one step closer to the day when Palestinian families can gather and pray freely in Jerusalem.â