Hundreds of workers at Google and Amazon anonymously signed a letter to the companies’ management calling on them to end their contract to provide cloud computing services to the government of Israel.
Over 300 Amazon workers and almost 100 Google employees signed the letter, published by The Guardian, which protests the $1.2 billion contract for Project Nimbus that the companies signed earlier this year.
“We have watched Google and Amazon aggressively pursue contracts with institutions like the US Department of Defense, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and state and local police departments. These contracts are part of a disturbing pattern of militarization, lack of transparency and avoidance of oversight,” they wrote.
“Continuing this pattern, our employers signed a contract called Project Nimbus to sell dangerous technology to the Israeli military and government. This contract was signed the same week that the Israeli military attacked Palestinians in the Gaza Strip – killing nearly 250 people, 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 letter continues.
“Project Nimbus is a $1.2bn contract to provide cloud services for the Israeli military and government. This technology allows for further surveillance of and unlawful data collection on Palestinians, and facilitates expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements on Palestinian land.”
Google and Amazon did not immediately respond to The Hill’s requests for comment.
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