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Google sacks over 50 workers for protesting against deal with Israel

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Google has fired about 53 staffers for protesting the company’s lucrative deal with the Israel amid the war in Gaza war.

The deal codenamed “Project Nimbus” is a $1.2 billion contract signed in 2021 for Google and Amazon to provide the Israeli government with cloud computing and artificial intelligence services.

The workers held sit-in protests last week at Google offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California.

The company responded by calling the police to arrest its employees.

The group behind the protests, ‘No Tech For Apartheid,’ said the company fired 30 workers last week — higher than the 28 initially announced.

On Tuesday night, Google fired “over 20” more staffers, “including non-participating bystanders during last week’s protests,” said Jane Chung, a spokeswoman for No Tech For Apartheid, without providing a more specific number.

“Google’s aims are clear: the corporation is attempting to quash dissent, silence its workers, and reassert its power over them,” Chung said in a press release. “In its attempts to do so, Google has decided to unceremoniously, and without due process, upend the livelihoods of over 50 of its own workers.”

Google said it fired the additional workers after its investigation gathered details from coworkers who were “physically disrupted” and it identified employees who used masks and didn’t carry their staff badges to hide their identities. It didn’t specify how many were fired.

The company disputed the group’s claims, saying that it carefully confirmed that “every single one of those whose employment was terminated was personally and definitively involved in disruptive activity inside our buildings.”

See also  Gaza residents surviving off animal feed as food dwindles

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