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Anonymous Google, Amazon workers decry deal with Israel

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Several hundred anonymous workers at Google and Amazon said in an open letter published Tuesday that they did not support their employers’ decision to build and provide cloud-based regional data centers and services to Israel, noting that they wanted all ties cut with the Israel Defense Forces.

According to the letter, published by The Guardian, more than 90 workers at Google and over 300 Amazon “employees of conscience from diverse backgrounds” have signed on to the initiative.

The workers said they were remaining anonymous because they “fear retaliation,” making the number of signatories impossible to independently verify.

The letter is referring to the Nimbus cloud project, which will enable Israeli government ministries and other public entities to transfer servers and services into the cloud provided by the two tech firms. Until the data centers are built locally — within an estimated two years — cloud services will be provided by Google and Amazon AWS data centers in Ireland, Holland and Frankfurt. All of that data will then be transferred to the ones set up in Israel.

“As workers who keep these companies running, we are morally obligated to speak out against violations of these core values. For this reason, we are compelled to call on the leaders of Amazon and Google to pull out of Project Nimbus and cut all ties with the Israeli military,” read the letter, without mentioning the other entities that will be serviced.

The workers said the two tech companies have been pursuing contracts with US institutions such as the Department of Defense, Immigration and Customs........

© The Times of Israel

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