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The Billion Dollar Deal that Made Google and Amazon Partners in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

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26.03.2022

"We are anonymous because we fear retaliation." This text was part of a letter signed by 500 Google employees last October, in which they decried their company's direct support for the Israeli government and military.

Israel's war on the Palestinian people, now with the direct help of such companies, remains one of the gravest injustices that continues to scar the consciousness of humankind.

In their letter, the signatories protested a $1.2 billion contract between Google, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Israeli government which provides cloud services for the Israeli military and government that "allows for further surveillance of and unlawful data collection on Palestinians, and facilitates expansion of Israel's illegal settlements on Palestinian land".

This is called Project Nimbus. The project was announced in 2018 and went into effect in May 2021, in the first week of the Israeli war on besieged Gaza, which killed over 250 Palestinians and wounded many more.

The Google employees were not only disturbed by the fact that, by entering into this agreement with Israel, their company became directly involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but were equally outraged by the "disturbing pattern of militarization" that saw similar contracts between Google—Amazon, Microsoft and other tech giants—with the US military, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other policing agencies.

In an article published in the Nation newspaper in June, three respected US academics have revealed the financial component of Amazon's decision to get involved in such an immoral business, arguing that such military-linked contracts have "become a major source of profit for Amazon." It is........

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