Google fires employees who protested Israel contract

Source: The Hill | April 18, 2024 | Julia Shapero

Google fired 28 employees Wednesday who protested the tech giant’s cloud computing contract with the Israeli government.

Protesters staged sit-ins Tuesday at two Google offices — New York City and Sunnyvale, Calif. — in protest of the $1.2 billion contract that the company shares with Amazon to provide cloud computing services to Israel. Nine people were arrested.

“A small number of employee protesters entered and disrupted a few of our locations,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement. “Physically impeding other employees’ work and preventing them from accessing our facilities 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 statement continued. “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.”

No Tech for Apartheid, the activist group that organized Tuesday’s protests, called the firings a “flagrant act of retaliation.”


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