Google fired 28 employees who protested the lucrative deal with Israel

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Google fired more than two dozen employees who protested the deal with the Israeli government this week. Employees staged protests at Google offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California. In Sunnyvale, they entered the office of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian.

They carried banners that read: "No more genocide for profit" and "We stand with Palestinian, Arab and Muslim Google employees." A company spokesman told CNN that the protests are part of a long-running campaign by a group of organizations and people who mostly don't work at Google.

"A small number of protesters entered several of our locations. Physically obstructing the work of other employees and preventing access to facilities is a clear violation of our policies and completely unacceptable behavior. We ended up having to call the police as several requests to leave the premises were ignored. "After the internal investigation, we terminated the employment of 28 employees," said the spokesperson.

Google and Amazon have a $1,2 billion deal to provide services to the Israeli government and military. It is about the Nimbus project. "This act of retaliation is a clear indication that Google values ​​its $1,2 billion contract with the genocidal Israeli government more than its own workers," the No Tech for Apartheid movement said yesterday.

Google Cloud's deal with the Israeli government dates back to 2021, when the company announced it would provide services to Israel to help the country better address public sector challenges, including health, transportation and education.

But the Times reported earlier this month, citing an internal company document, that the Google Cloud user was Israel's Defense Ministry, sparking protests. But Tech for Apartheid says that since the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Google has created its own tools for the Israeli Defense Ministry and increased its contracts with the Israeli military. A Google spokesperson said Google Cloud supports many governments around the world, including Israel.

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