Google Terminates 28 Employees Following Protests Over Israeli Govt Contract

Google announced on Thursday that it had terminated 28 employees who participated in protests against the company’s cloud contract with the Israeli government. The decision came after a small number of protesting employees disrupted work at several unspecified office locations.
Google Cloud businessAlphabet’s unit, Google, stated that the physical obstruction of other employees’ work and the prevention of access to facilities constituted a clear violation of company policies and unacceptable behavior.

“After conducting individual investigations, we have terminated the employment of 28 individuals and will continue to investigate and take action as necessary,” Google stated in a press release.

In response, workers affiliated with the No Tech for Apartheid campaign released a statement on Medium, denouncing Google’s actions as “flagrant retaliation.” They asserted that some employees who did not directly participate in the protests were also among those terminated.

“Google workers have the right to peacefully protest about terms and conditions of our labor,” the statement emphasized.

The protests centered around Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract awarded to Google and in 2021 to provide cloud services to the Israeli government. Protestors argue that the contract supports the development of military tools by the Israeli government.

Google maintained that the Nimbus contract does not involve highly sensitive or classified military workloads related to weapons or intelligence services.

This incident marks another instance of employee activism within Google. In 2018, workers successfully lobbied the company to cancel a contract with the U.S. military, Project Maven, which aimed to analyze aerial drone imagery for potential military applications.

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