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Google just fired 28 employees who protested its contract with Israel

After the employees held sit-ins at Google offices in New York City and California, nine were arrested, and 28 were fired

SAN FRANCISCO - Google fired on Wednesday 28 employees who were involved in a protest against a contract with the Israeli government that the cloud-computing giant shares with its competitor, Amazon.

The firings came after nine employees were arrested Tuesday while participating in sit-in protests at Google offices in Sunnyvale, Calif., and New York City. The workers were held for a few hours before being released, employees said.

The employees, part of a group called No Tech for Apartheid, have been writing letters and staging protests against Google's deal to sell technology to Israel since 2021. The tension over the cloud-computing contract, known as Nimbus, among employees at Google and Amazon has increased since the Israel-Gaza war began in October. The project's critics say it will bolster the Israeli government's surveillance of Palestinians and lead to further displacement and discrimination.


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