The Guardian: Google and Amazon employees demand it stop supplying Israel with technology that harms Palestinians


The Guardian: Google and Amazon employees demand it stop supplying Israel with technology that harms Palestinians


The petition clarified that the Nimbus project is a $1.2 billion deal to provide cloud services to the Israeli army and government, which will enable them to further monitor data related to illegal Palestinians, and contribute to the expansion of Israeli settlement construction on illegal Palestinian land.

Hundreds of employees of Google and Amazon demanded on Tuesday that the two companies stop working to provide the Israeli army and government with modern technology that is being used to harm the Palestinians.

About 400 employees - 90 of them working for Google and more than 300 others for Amazon - signed an internal petition calling on the leaders of the two global companies to withdraw from the Nimbus project and cut all ties with the Israeli army, according to a report published by the newspaper. The Guardian   (The Guardian) British .

“As Google and Amazon employees of diverse backgrounds and conscientiousness, we believe that the technology we build must serve and advance people everywhere, including all of our users "As operators that keep these two companies running, we are morally obligated to speak out against violations of these core values. For this reason, we are compelled to call on the leaders of Amazon and Google to withdraw from Project Nimbus and sever all ties with the Israeli military."

“We have seen Google and Amazon aggressively seek deals with organizations such as the US Department of Defense, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and local and state police departments, and we see these contracts as part of a worrying pattern of militarism and lack of Transparency and avoidance of censorship.

“Continuing this pattern, our administrations signed a deal called (Project Nimbus) to sell dangerous technology to the Israeli army and government,” the petition’s signatories said. “This contract was signed in the same week that the Israeli army launched an attack on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that killed about 250 people. people, including more than 60 children.

The signatories added that "the technology that the two companies that we are working on contracted to build will make the systematic discrimination and displacement carried out by the Israeli army and government more severe and deadly for the Palestinians."

The petition clarified that the Nimbus project is a $1.2 billion deal to provide cloud services to the Israeli army and government, which will enable them to impose more monitoring of data related to the illegal Palestinians, and contribute to the expansion of the construction of Israeli settlements built on illegal Palestinian lands.

"We cannot turn a blind eye to the use of the products we build to deny Palestinians their basic rights, force them to leave their homes, and target Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, practices that have prompted investigations into possible war crimes by the International Criminal Court," the petition's signatories said.

“We are looking forward to a future where technology brings people together and makes their lives better, and in order to build that brighter future, the companies we work for need to stop contracting with every military in the United States and abroad, because those deals hurt tech workers,” the petition reads. and users alike.

"While we promise users to upgrade our services with their help, such deals covertly facilitate their monitoring and targeting," the petition's signatories concluded.
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