Amazon and Google workers publish letter against sale of military technology to Israel

About 300 workers from Amazon and another 90 from Google published letter in British newspaper The Guardian in which they criticize their bosses’ decision to sell military technology to Israel. The group does not agree with “Project Nimbus,” a sale closed in April this year for $1.2 billion, about R$6.5 billion, of cloud services to Israel’s civilian and military sectors.

“The technology our companies were contracted to build will make the systematic discrimination and displacement carried out by the Israeli military and government even more cruel and deadly for the Palestinians,” the letter states.

“The Nimbus Project is a $1.2 billion contract to provide cloud services to the Israeli military and government. This technology allows for increased surveillance and illegal data collection on the Palestinians and facilitates the expansion of Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestinian lands.”

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The group still speaks out against the sale of military technology to US institutions and highlights a “disturbing pattern of militarization” and “lack of transparency” in the companies they work for.

The letter defends that technology should serve to “bring people together and make life better for everyone”. To get there, says the group, “the companies we work for need to stop making contracts with any militarized organizations in the United States and beyond.”

Edition: Arturo Hartmann

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