A group of 400 Amazon and Google employees issued an open letter on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, calling on the two companies to cancel a $1.2 billion deal with the Israeli government, and sever all ties with the Israeli army, due to the violations it is practicing against the Palestinian people. .
According to a website report Middle East Eye On Wednesday 13 October, more than 300 Amazon employees and more than 90 Google employees signed the letter demanding the termination of the Nimbus project without revealing their identities.
Support the crimes of the occupation
Under this project, the two companies will provide cloud services to the Israeli public sector and military.
“We condemn Amazon and Google’s decision to sign the Nimbus project contract with the Israeli military and government, and we ask them to reject this contract and any future contracts that harm our users,” the staff said in the letter, published in The Guardian.
They also added: “The technological service that our two companies contracted to provide will make the systematic discrimination and displacement carried out by the Israeli army and the Israeli government against the Palestinians even more severe and deadly.”
The group of anonymous employees of the two companies considered that the contract would provide cloud services to Israel, which would illegally collect Palestinian data and exploit it to further policies that human rights organizations, such as Human Rights Watch, have described as apartheid crimes.
In this regard, they affirmed: “We cannot turn a blind eye, because the products we offer are used to deprive Palestinians of their basic rights.”
Calls to support Palestinian rights
During the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, last May, the two companies were subjected to harsh criticism, and employees demanded to end their agreements with the Israeli army.
Back then, I sent a group of Google employees letter To the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, calls for a statement condemning the attacks, including “direct acknowledgment of the damage done to Palestinians by the Israeli military and indiscriminate violence.”
Several days later, more than 600 Amazon employees sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, urging the company to “pledge to review and terminate commercial contracts and company donations with companies, organizations, and/or governments that are active or complicit in human rights abuses.” Including the Israeli army.
But these invitations did not receive attention from the two companies, as Occurrence Project Nimbus contract with Israel on May 24.
In response to Tuesday’s letter, an Amazon Web Services spokesperson told MEE that the company is focused on “unlocking the benefits of our world-leading cloud technology to all of our customers, wherever they are.”
Google did not respond to Middle East Eye’s request for comment.