Amazon, Google Employees Demand Boycotting "Israel"
More than 400 Amazon and Google employees call on their companies to stop dealing with the Israeli occupation due to its repressive practices against the Palestinian people.
On Tuesday, a group of 400 Amazon and Google employees signed an open letter urging their employers to cancel a $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli government and cease all ties with the country's military.
More than 300 of the Amazon and Google employees signed the petition anonymously, requesting the cancellation of Project Nimbus, whereby the two tech giants provide cloud services to the Israeli government and military.
"We condemn Amazon and Google’s decision to sign the Project Nimbus contract with the Israeli military and government and ask them to reject this contract and future contracts that will harm our users," the workers said in the letter published in The Guardian.
"The technology our companies have contracted to build will make the systematic discrimination and displacement carried out by the Israeli military and government even crueler and deadlier for Palestinians."
According to the group of anonymous tech employees, the contract would provide cloud services to "Israel" that will aid in the illegal collection of data on Palestinians, which might be used to enhance practices described by rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, as crimes of apartheid.
Calls for Palestinian rights
During the Israeli war on Gaza in May, the two enterprises came under fire, and employees demanded that their contracts with the Israeli military be terminated.
The war resulted in at least 248 Palestinian martyrs, including dozens of children, and damaged houses and buildings.
In response, a group of Google employees sent a letter to the company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, to publish a statement condemning the attacks, including "direct recognition of the harm done to Palestinians by Israeli military and gang violence."
Several days later, more than 600 Amazon employees sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, urging the company "to commit to review and sever business contracts and corporate donations with companies, organizations, and/or governments that are active or complicit in human rights violations," including the Israeli military.
Amazon and Google, on the other hand, signed the Project Nimbus contract with "Israel" on May 24.