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Chico Palestine Action Group takes stand against Hewlett-Packard

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CHICO, Calif. - In a show of their support for the International Global Week of Action, the Chico Palestine Action Group is holding three demonstrations to boycott Hewlett-Packard.

The International Global Week of Action began Friday, November 25. Protestors said this week is expected to be the largest coordinated series of boycotts to date. Close to 100 demonstrations will be carried out on six continents to target HP companies.

Demonstrators said the biometric I.D.'s, fingerprinting, retinal scanning equipment and other software by HP is what allows Israel to maintain segregation.

"Our country is just bursting with hate and fear and I don't want to be part of that, so I need to, for my own integrity and to live with myself, I need to support the Palestinian people," said Emily Alma, coordinator for the Chico Palestine Action Group.

Alma said many make people falsely assume that the group is opposed to the state of Israel. She stressed that they are in no way anti-semitic, but just want to take a stand for human rights.

The next demonstration will be held on Thursday at 12 p.m. on Salem and 1st Street.

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