Some Google employees are circulating a petition asking the company to condemn Israel’s deadly attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and review business contracts with the Israeli government.
The petition, which began circulating inside Google yesterday, asks CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives to put out a statement “recognizing the violence in Palestine and Israel, which must include direct recognition of the harm done to Palestinians by Israeli military and gang violence,” according to a copy seen by Insider.
The petition was written and signed by a Google employee resource group called Jewish Diaspora in Tech, and was made publicly available today. It had more than 250 signatures at the time of writing, according to a representative for the company’s workers union, which helped draft the letter. Google has over 130,000 full-time employees, and about the same number again of contractors.
As well as calling on the company to fund organizations providing relief to Palestine, employees are demanding Google end company contracts that could harm the human rights of Palestinians. In April it was announced that Google and Amazon had won cloud contracts with Israel’s government, which would involve work with the country’s military.
“Many of Israel’s actions violate the UN human rights principles, which Google is committed to upholding,” the petition reads.
“We request the review of all Alphabet business contracts and corporate donations and the termination of contracts with institutions that support Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, such as the Israeli Defense Forces.” Alphabet is Google’s parent company, encompassing spin-offs like Waymo.
According to The Verge, Jewish Diaspora in Tech is an offshoot of Google’s official Jewish ERG and made of members who call for freedom of expression around anti-Zionist viewpoints.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment.
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