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22 Mar 2022

Middle East Eye

Google workers accuse the company of 'unjustly retaliating' over allegations of 'punishing' pro-Palestine worker for protesting Israel military support; incl. co. comment

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"Google accused of 'unjustly retaliating' against employee who criticized Israel military contract"16 March 2022

Google has been accused of "unjustly retaliating" against an employee who criticized Project Nimbus, a $1.2bn contract between Google, Amazon Web Services, and the Israeli military and government.

The LA Times reported on Tuesday that shortly after Ariel Koren helped draft a letter among Google and Amazon workers that said Project Nimbus would facilitate the surveillance of Palestinians, as well as assist the expansion of Israeli settlements, her boss suggested she move to Brazil or lose her position...

"Sadly, Ariel's case is consistent with Google's dangerous track record of worker retaliation that has made mainstream headlines in the past few years - and specifically against those speaking out against contracts that enable state violence against marginalized people," the petition said, according to the LA Times...

Google has denied the allegations, with a company spokesperson saying: "We thoroughly investigated this employee's claims and found there was no retaliation."