The Israeli Ministry of Defense has expanded the use of Hewlett-Packard’s Basel biometric identification system to additional checkpoints in the occupied West Bank.
In 2011, the Basel system was installed in the following checkpoints: Jericho, Bethlehem (Ma’avar Rachel), Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem, Hebron, Abu Dis, Tarkumia and the Ephraim Gate (Sha’ar Efraim, Irtach); and in the Erez checkpoint in Gaza.
According to a response by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to a freedom of information inquiry, received by Who Profits on the 22 January 2015, HP’s Basel biometric identification system was installed in additional checkpoints in the West Bank. These checkpoints now include: Jalame (Gilboa), Barta’a (Rihan), Tura (Shaked), Eyal, Eliyahu, Yoav, Hashmonaim (Ni’lin), Macabim (Beit Sira), Al-Jib (Givat Ze’ev), Qalandia (Atarot), Ras Abu-Sbitan (Hazietim), Halamed He and Sansana (Meitar).
HP developed, installed and maintained the Basel System in checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. This automated biometric access control system, which was financed by the US government following the Wye River Memorandum, includes hand and facial recognition and a permit system for Palestinians. For more information about the system, see Who Profits’ 2012 report: Technologies of control.
Who Profits recently received and published a response by the Israeli Ministry of Defense to a freedom of information inquiry, according to which HP was contracted to provide maintenance and on-going field support of the Basel System in the checkpoints until the end of 2015.
- “Big Brother” in Jerusalem’s Old City: Israel’s Militarized Visual Surveillance System in Occupied East Jerusalem
- Caterpillar Imports of Bulldozers to the Israeli Army Is on Hold
- Danish Companies Provide Services in West Bank Settlements
- Elbit Systems' Complicity in the Assault on Gaza 2014
- Facts on the Ground: Heavy Engineering Machinery and the Israeli Occupation
- Ford’s Sales to the Israeli Army
- Hewlett Packard (HP) And The Israeli Occupation
- Hewlett Packard (HP) Renewed Its Contract With the Israeli Ministry of Defence for the Maintenance of the Basel System in Checkpoints
- Hewlett Packard Splits Into Two Separate Companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.
- HP Will Continue Maintaining the Basel System Until the End of 2015
- Motorola Solutions to Provide Encrypted Smartphones to the Israeli Army
- Privatizing Security: Corporate Involvement in the Checkpoints
- Proven Effective: Crowd Control Weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
- Signal Strength: Occupied: The Telecommunications Sector and the Israeli Occupation
- Technologies of Control: The Case of Hewlett Packard (HP)
- The Gendered Aspect of Israeli Checkpoints in the OPT
- Volvo Provides Buses Used as Mobile Interrogation Rooms by Israel's General Security Services
- حقائق على أرض الواقع: المعدّات الهندسيّة الثّقيلة والاحتلال الاسرائيلي
- في صيانة نظام "بيزيل" حتّى نهاية العام 2015 HP سوف تستمرّ شركة
- نجاعة مُثبتة: أسلحة السّيطرة على الجماهير في الأراضي الفلسطينيّة المُحتلَّة