hrsinnumerable of Amazon and Google Employees signed an anonymous letter on Tuesday condemning a deal between the companies and Israel that they claim will harm Palestinians.
The mail, signed “internally” by 300 employees from Amazon and 90 others from Google, was published in the Guardian on Tuesday but without names attached. The employees said they chose to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation but wanted to express their opposition to the Project Nimbus contract, which provides cloud services to the Israeli military and authorities.
“We write as collaborators from Google and Amazon from different backgrounds. We believe that the technology we build should work to serve and lift people everywhere, including all our users,” the letter said. “We can not look the other way, as the products we build are used to deny the Palestinians their fundamental rights, force Palestinians out of their homes and attack Palestinians in the Gaza Strip – acts that have led to war crimes investigations by International Criminal Court. “
Amazon and Google won the $ 1.2 billion Project Nimbus contract and knocked out Microsoft and others in April. Amazon also signed a $ 50 million contract with the Department of Defense to identify unrecognizable items from its drones and aerial footage.
In the letter, these agreements were called examples of “disruptive militarization patterns, lack of transparency and avoidance of supervision”.
In the letter, the technology giants asked to break the contract with Israel and avoid future ones with the country’s government and military “that will harm our users.”
A spokesman for Amazon told the Washington Examiner in an email that the company remains “focused on making the benefits of our world-leading cloud technology available to all our customers, wherever they are.”
The Washington Examiner also contacted Google but did not contact them at the time of publication.