“A Huge Deal”: Amazon, Google Workers Demand Companies Sever Ties With Israeli Military

“A Huge Deal”: Amazon, Google Workers Demand Companies Sever Ties With Israeli Military By Kenny Stancil for Activist Post

Roughly 400 Amazon and Google workers on Tuesday condemned their employers for contributing to the surveillance and dispossession of Palestinians by selling cloud services to the Israeli military and government and urged both companies to cut ties with the oppressive regime.

“We have watched Google and Amazon aggressively pursue contracts with institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and state and local police departments,” wrote the “employees of conscience,” who chose to remain anonymous due to fear of retaliation.

“These contracts are part of a disturbing pattern of militarization, lack of transparency, and avoidance of oversight,” says the letter, which had been signed by nearly 100 workers at Google and more than 300 at Amazon when The Guardian published it just after 12 pm ET.

“Continuing this pattern,” the letter continues, “our employers signed a contract called Project Nimbus to sell dangerous technology to the Israeli military and government.”

“Project Nimbus,” the workers explained, “is a $1.2 billion contract to provide cloud services for the Israeli military and government. This technology allows for further surveillance of and unlawful data collection on Palestinians, and facilitates expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian land.”

The workers pointed out that “this contract was signed the same week that the Israeli military attacked Palestinians in the Gaza Strip—killing nearly 250 people, including more than 60 children.”

“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,” wrote the workers.

“We cannot look the other way,” they added, “as the products we build are used to deny Palestinians their basic rights, force Palestinians out of their homes, and attack Palestinians in the Gaza Strip—actions that have prompted war crime investigations by the International Criminal Court.”

IfNotNow, a movement to end U.S. Jewish support for the Israeli occupation, called the letter “a huge deal.”

That sentiment was shared by MPower Change, a U.S. Muslim-led effort to build a more just society.

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