Sydney council shelves HP in Israel ban

Sydney council shelves HP in Israel ban

Summary: A Sydney Council will shell out $3 million of an estimated $4 million to replace IT products including its Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Motorola fleets in its boycott of products linked to Israel.

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A Sydney Council will shell out $3 million of an estimated $4 million to replace IT products including its Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Motorola fleets in its boycott of products linked to Israel.

The Greens-dominated council is set to ditch a string of companies from concrete suppliers to car manufacturers Holden and Volvo, which are alleged to support Israel's occupation of Palestine, according to News Limited.

Marrickville Greens mayor Fiona Byrne was involved in Marrickville Council's adoption of a ban on Israeli products in line with the Global BSD Movement in protest over Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

A council business paper revealed a hit list of companies to either be banned from doing business with council or have their existing contracts cancelled.

The companies include HP, Chevrolet (Holden), Volvo, Unilever and Motorola, plus ReadyMix and Fulton Hogan concrete companies.

The paper showed that the council would have to spend $3 million alone to replace its HP computers.

Marrickville councillors will vote next Monday on whether the boycott, passed in December last year, will include ripping up all current contracts and services and disposing of equipment, or be confined to future dealings.

The four Labor councillors will seek to get the support of three independents to beat the five Greens and vote down the policy.

Hewlett-Packard has been contacted for comment.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard

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  • Are they going to boycott Chinese products over treatment of Tibetans? Or Middle eastern oil over their treatment of women? I think not! Another antisemitism movement.
    tozzer
    • You have to start somewhere, and history shows us that it is always more palatable to start with the Jews. I mean, who is going to defend them? Their allies?
      rafraf-faaa3
      • Besides Israel makes it so easy to report on them, with free press and all. And they have this habit of leaving live witnesses to tell of their atrocities, so it's all there for the taking... very verifiable. What are we gonna do? Stand up to China? Arab nations? Give land back to the Aboriginals? And best of all, those Israelis are willing to criticize themselves with quotable quotes. We could make posters of al the nasty things Jews say about themselves when they are trying to improve their own society. Good luck finding that in the Arab world.
        rafraf-faaa3
  • Maybe she can use Gazan technology, such as burqah for all women include the MP, and use donkeys to transport people from Marrickville to Newtown. Perhaps she should not use American products because they are occupiers too. Or Australian products because we are occupying Aboriginal land.
    doron_katz
    • This article was always going to get some interesting replies. Nevertheless you should try to be respectful in your replies and not stoop so low. That way when you are afforded the same respect you will get to appreciate it.
      zacco
  • wtf- amazing the 'principles' people display when it costs other peoples money. why dont these airheads get some WORK done.
    mattmorgan
  • Bit of a mistake I think in the article - it's Marrickville Council, not Sydney Council
    ProssAZ
  • The world's biggest fascists and dictators must be incredibly grateful they aren't Jewish...
    lewko
    • I didn't realize you weren't allowed to be Israeli unless you were Jewish.
      zacco
  • That is absolutely crazy.

    Australia imports the bulk of its oil from Vietnam (dictatorship), the UAE (dictatorship), Malaysia (partly free), and Papua New Guinea (partly free). Every time Australians get in the car, their money goes into the pockets of some really nasty regimes. Is the Merrickville Council going to boycott these regimes? That might actually do some good. But no, they're going to spend their taxpayers' money in a ridiculous boycott of the only democratic country in the middle east.

    How about boycotting China, whose severely repressive regime is gutting occupied Tibet? No? Just democratic Israel? Seems as though there's an agenda here that has nothing to do with human rights or occupation, doesn't it?
    empachers
    • I agree let's Boycott all nasty political regimes, including Israels. It seems as though Israels "democratic" regime, murders no less women and children than any of it's neighboring states which aren't democracies. As a side note to something you said, Israel is NOT the only democracy in the middle east.
      zacco
    • I agree let's Boycott all nasty political regimes, including Israels. It seems as though Israels "democratic" regime, murders no less women and children than any of it's neighboring states which aren't democracies. As a side note to something you said, Israel is NOT the only democracy in the middle east.
      zacco
  • Finally someone is standing up to Israel. Yes yes Australia supports many bad regimes, but shouldn't we try to start defending human rights somewhere? Also, do you not think you're comparing Israel to China, Vietnam and many Middle Eastern countries FOR A REASON! Israel consistently attacks civilians, has basically ground the Palestinian economy to a halt leaving them without the ability to repair damaged buildings, infrastructure and in many cases make a living, and suffers no repercussions from the International community apart from a few 'stern' comments from foreign ministers from too few countries!
    youngofsa
    • Absolutely- we should start by focusing on Darfur, Libya and a whole raft of Muslim countries that treat their own citizens with far less rights than Israel affords to the Palestinians.
      bnaiman
      • Why do we have to start there? Instead of a country regularly ignoring the UN. We are talking about a country with Nuclear weapons, and any country with such a capability should be held to account. They continually build on land that has been designated for Palestine but no one cares about that. I think we also have to recognise that the council was elected, and as they were elected they can decide on IT contracts as they please.
        youngofsa
        • Nukes eh? I don't see youngofsa trying to encourage a boycott of Iran, a country not only trying to obtain nuclear weapons (in order to incinerate 6 million Jews in Israel) but which routinely hangs minors and stones rape victims to death. Not a word about them.

          bnaiman, I think what Youngofsa is trying to say, is "why should we worry about the biggest human-rights abusers in the world, when we can obsess over the tiny Jewish state instead".

          I'm pretty sure there's a word for that. However he'll jump up and down in a moment and insist that it's not antisemitic to obsess, demonise and vilify the world's only Jewish state. Oh look (scrolls down the page) he already did it.
          lewko
          • Just because I think the Israeli government does things wrong, doesn't mean I'm pro Iran or any other human rights abuser and it's ridiculous to assume so! I would support a boycott of products from any human rights abuser.

            Oh that's the oldest argument isn't it. When you have someone of race backed into a corner, they shout racist, it's like you don't actually have a real argument. :/ As a white male I don't really have anything to shout except, people all over the world preach equality, then how about stop clinging to excuses such as these everytime you're criticised and deal with the criticism! I have no interest in repeating points I've already made as you obviously disagree with them.
            youngofsa
  • This council is so busy working on its Israel boycott that they don't even have the time to respond to requests put through their "Have Your Say" web page on the council web site. Perhaps, they need a new customer relationship management software product so that they have the decency to respond to resident queries. After all they do say "Please enter your contact details if you wish for us to respond to you." We've had no response now for three months. What a shocker and a tale of a lousy consumer experience with local councils. Potential new business opportunity here for NetSuite, Microsoft, RightNow, Sage, and NetSuite??
    Davidbass
    • I'm guessing the HP equipment they're using is not up to scratch and needs replacing then?
      zacco
  • Absolutely disgusting! That a local council should be attempting to focus on international policy matters is just ridiculous. How is it that the council can claim to be supporting multi-culturalism while openly alienating a percentage of their constituents?
    I think the local residents should be allowed to protest the council and refuse to pay rates. They clearly aren't being applied to the useful matters that they are expected to handle like rubbish collection- so why should local rate payers have to foot the bill of grand-standing morons seeking national attention for their future political aspirations?
    And honestly- where is the state government in all of this? Should local councils be allowed to blatantly waste money by replacing systems with no business case behind them, simply a moral conviction? I wouldn't run my household like that, and I certainly wouldn't want my business run that way- so how is it we are ok with our local council making these decisions?
    bnaiman