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Google Just Fired 28 Employees Who Protested Its Contract With Israel

After the employees held sit-ins at Google offices in New York City and California, nine were arrested, and 28 were fired

Google fired on Wednesday 28 employees who were involved in a protest against a contract with the Israeli government that the cloud-computing giant shares with its competitor, Amazon.

The firings came after nine employees were arrested Tuesday while participating in sit-in protests at Google offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., and New York City. The workers were held for a few hours before being released, employees said.

The employees, part of a group called No Tech for Apartheid, have been writing letters and staging protests against Google’s deal to sell technology to Israel since 2021.

The tension over the cloud-computing contract, known as Nimbus, among employees at Google and Amazon has increased since the Israel-Gaza war began in October.

The project’s critics say it will bolster the Israeli government’s surveillance of Palestinians and lead to further displacement and discrimination.

In an email statement, a Google spokesperson said the workers were fired for “physically impeding other employees’ work and preventing them from accessing our facilities,” which is “a clear violation of our policies, and completely unacceptable behavior.”

“After refusing multiple requests to leave the premises, law enforcement was engaged to remove them to ensure office safety,” the email said. “We have so far concluded individual investigations that resulted in the termination of employment for 28 employees, and will continue to investigate and take action as needed.”

The 28 fired employees, who were locked out of their work devices Tuesday evening and learned of their termination over email the next morning, said they were shocked and angered by the company’s decision.

“I’m furious,” said one of the fired employees who helped organize the sit-in but didn’t directly participate.
“This is a wildly disproportionate response to workers standing up for morality and for holding Google accountable for its own promises.
‘Firing people associated with an event they don’t like — it’s unbelievable.” – THE WASHINGTON POST

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