WEST BANK (Dispatches) – Hundreds of workers at tech giants Amazon and Google have released an open letter, calling on their employers to pull out of a $1.2bn contract with the Zionist regime and cut all ties with the regime’s military.
More than 300 Amazon and more than 90 Google employees anonymously signed the letter demanding the termination of Project Nimbus, which will see the two tech companies provide cloud services to the Zionist public sector and the military.
“We condemn Amazon and Google’s decision to sign the Project Nimbus contract with the Israeli military and regime, and ask them to reject this contract and future contracts that will harm our users,” the workers said in the letter published in the Guardian newspaper.
“The technology our companies have contracted to build will make the systematic discrimination and displacement carried out by the Israeli military and regime even crueler and deadlier for Palestinians.”
The group of anonymous tech workers says the contract will deliver cloud services to the Zionist regime that will help illegally collect data on Palestinians, which could be used to further policies described by 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.
Project Nimbus is a $1.2bn contract awarded last April to Google and Amazon, which succeeded in beating out bids from Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM, to provide cloud services for the occupying regime and its military.
“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,” said the “employees of conscience,” referring to the Zionist regime’s latest war on Gaza which occurred in May and lasted for 11 consecutive days.
In another opinion piece posted hours later on NBC, two workers at the tech giants updated the number of signatories, saying that nearly 1,000 anonymous signatories at Amazon and more than 600 at Google have joined the campaign.
“Since we have no ability to guarantee that the technology we build won’t be used to commit human rights abuses against Palestinians, cutting the contracts entirely is the only ethical option left for our companies,” Gabriel Schubiner, software engineer and researcher at Google, and Bathool Syed, content strategist at Amazon, wrote in the article.