Washington, ALRAY - Over 400 Amazon and Google employees released a letter on Tuesday calling upon their employers to pull out of a contract with the Israeli government.
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 employees said in the letter published in the Guardian newspaper.
The employees said that the contract will deliver cloud services to the Israeli military that will help illegally collect data on Palestinians, which could be to further policies described rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, as crimes of apartheid.
"We cannot look the other way, as the products we build are used to deny Palestinians their basic rights," they said.
The employees pointed out that Project Nimbus is a $1.2bn contract signed with the Israeli government to allow for further surveillance of and an unlawful data collection on Palestinians, and facilitate expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian lands.
It’s noteworthy to mention that the contract was signed the same week the Israeli military attacked Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, killing nearly 250 people, including more than 50 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 employees indicated.
“We cannot look the other way, as the products we build are used to deny Palestinian 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,” they went on to say.
“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. We call on global technology workers and the international community to join with us in building a world where technology promotes safety and dignity for all,” the employees added.