A number of Google and Amazon employees have spoken out against their companies' contract with the Israeli government.
In April, Google and Amazon Web Services won a NIS 4 billion ($1.2 billion) tender to provide cloud services to Israeli government agencies.
Among the agencies set to be supported is the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Israel Land Authority, which Human Rights Watch has accused of discriminatory policies designed to segregate Palestinians in occupied West Bank. The contract award came at the height of tensions in Gaza, with nearly a thousand air strikes on the region leading to hundreds of civilian casualties, 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," the Google and Amazon workers said in a post published in The Guardian.
"As workers who keep these 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 pull out of Project Nimbus and cut all ties with the Israeli military. So far, more than 90 workers at Google and more than 300 at Amazon have signed this letter internally. We are anonymous because we fear retaliation."
Hundreds of Jewish Google employees previously called on the company to support Palestinians, and end contracts with the IDF.
The Nimbus Project includes contractual stipulations to prevent the two companies from halting services to the Israeli government, it was disclosed in May. Google and Amazon will also not be able to pick and choose which government agencies they support.
Tech company employees have become increasingly active in criticizing what they view as immoral corporate behavior - with Google employees protesting oil contracts, work with Customs and Border Protection, and a two-tier contracting system.
We look at the latter issue in the latest issue of the DCD Magazine, and hear from Google data center contract workers about poor conditions, low pay, and mismanagement.
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