Google Employees Stage Protests Across Multiple Offices Against Company's $1.2B Israel Contract

By Leira Aquino

Apr 17, 2024 12:06 AM EDT

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Google employees in different offices staged protests against the company's $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli government.
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Google employees across various offices staged protests on Tuesday, denouncing the company's $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli government.

The demonstrations, organized by a group named 'No Tech for Apartheid,' aimed to pressure Google to sever its ties with Israel over allegations of human rights violations in Gaza.

Protesters Demand End to Google's $1.2B Israel Contract

In Sunnyvale, California, protesters entered the office of Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, demanding an end to the contract.

Simultaneously, in New York City, another group occupied the 10th floor of Google's office building, echoing the same sentiments against the controversial agreement.

Outdoor protests also took place alongside the sit-ins at Google offices in New York, Sunnyvale, San Francisco, and Seattle, as per Wired.

In New York, 23-year-old Google cloud software engineer Eddie Hatfield was among the protesters. He was fired after disrupting Google Israel's managing director at the March Mind The Tech conference, which focused on the Israeli tech industry.

The protesters' main grievance revolves around 'Project Nimbus,' a $1.2 billion cloud computing project involving Google and Amazon, providing services to the Israeli government and its defense forces.

The protesters assert that the partnership indirectly backs Israeli military actions, including Gaza airstrikes, which they condemn as genocidal towards Palestinians.

According to the Ministry of Health in the region, more than 33,000 Palestinians have lost their lives in ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

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Employees Push for Ethical Tech Collaborations Amid Human Rights Concerns in Gaza

The current protest isn't just about the contract; it's a broader call for ethical considerations in tech collaborations.

Employees are demanding an end to what they perceive as complicity in human rights violations and military actions they find morally objectionable.

Google has yet to issue an official response to the protests or the demands put forth by its employees but has previously clarified that its work for the Israeli government under the Nimbus contract focuses on civilian purposes

A Google spokesperson told Time Magazine that the contract only involves providing services for various government ministries such as finance, healthcare, transportation, and education, emphasizing that their work does not include highly sensitive or classified military tasks related to weapons or intelligence services.

READ MORE: Google Fires Engineer Who Publicly Protested the Company's Work for Israel's Military

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