No Tech For Apartheid
As the Israeli military bombed homes, clinics, and schools in Gaza and threatened to push Palestinian families from their homes in Jerusalem May 2021, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud executives signed a $1.22 billion contract to provide cloud technology to the Israeli government and military. By doing business with Israeli apartheid, Amazon and Google will make it easier for the Israeli government to surveil Palestinians and force them off their land.
We’re heeding the call from over 1000 Google and Amazon workers to rise up against the contract, known as Project Nimbus. Technology should be used to bring people together, not enable apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and settler-colonialism.
Following in the footsteps of those who fought to divest from apartheid South Africa and won, it’s our responsibility to rise up in support of Palestinian freedom. The Amazon and Google execs who signed this contract can still choose to be on the right side of history.
Here’s where you come in: Add your name below to demand that Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian end all ties with Israeli apartheid and cut the Project Nimbus contract.
Rise up with us to say: No Tech For Apartheid.
Google and Amazon
Power State Violence
Amazon and Google’s collaboration with Israeli apartheid is part of a larger pattern of Big Tech fueling state violence across the globe. Tech companies like Amazon and Google are the new war profiteers and have dismal human rights records. Amazon helps power ICE’s deportation-detention machine, and partners with over 2,000 U.S. police departments to surveil and criminalize Black and brown communities through its doorbell camera Ring. Meanwhile, Google sold artificial intelligence to the Department of Defense to make its drone strikes deadlier and, despite ending this contract after public and worker pressure, Google still holds ties with the Pentagon.
Both companies claim to uphold human rights commitments. Amazon released Global Human Rights Principles, promising to “embed respect for human rights throughout our business.” Similarly, Google states that companies "can make money without doing evil.” Instead of living those values, Google and Amazon are putting profit ahead of people by powering the Israeli government’s violence against Palestinians.
Technology can bring people together—but when these tools are used to harm communities, they make the world less safe for us all. That’s why workers at Google and Amazon are urging their employers to walk their talk on human rights.
Our communities have risen up against Big Tech before—and won. In 2020, Microsoft pulled all funding from Israeli facial recognition firm AnyVision after sustained pushback from ordinary people. This year, people across the globe campaigned as a unified #FacebookWeNeedToTalk coalition, calling on Facebook to ensure its policies don’t censor Palestinians and Palestinian human rights advocates. Together, we can build a better world where all people, including Palestinians, live with safety and freedom.
Google and Amazon
Enable Israeli Apartheid
The harmful impact of Israeli apartheid on Palestinians is well documented. Recently, mainstream organizations like Human Rights Watch and Israel-based B’Tselem released reports echoing what Palestinians have said for generations: the Israeli government is running an apartheid regime.
Google and Amazon are doing business with apartheid. Palestinians are already harmed by Israeli military surveillance and repression. By expanding public cloud computing capacity and providing their state of the art technology to the Israeli government and military, Amazon and Google are helping to make Israeli apartheid more efficient, more violent, and even deadlier for Palestinians.
Technology should be used to bring people together, not facilitate and entrench violence, occupation, and land grabs. Google and Amazon’s cloud services may be used to enable Israel's expansion of illegal settlements by supporting data collection for the Israel Land Authority (ILA), part of the Israeli government. The ILA uses discriminatory policies to expand segregated Jewish settlements while trapping Palestinians in densely populated areas and limiting the growth of Palestinian communities.
By collaborating with the Israeli government and military, Amazon and Google are complicit in enabling abuses such as:
- 72,000Palestinians in Gaza forced to flee their homes during Israel’s May 2021 assault
- 600Checkpoints and roadblocks controlled by the Israeli military that restrict Palestinians from traveling to school and work and separating them from their families
- 80Percentage of Palestinians in Gaza who rely on humanitarian aid to survive due to the Israeli government’s illegal 12-year blockade
- 535Palestinian homes and structures in the West Bank demolished in 2020 to make space for illegal settlements
- 20Gazan families where every single member was killed during Israel’s May 2021 bombing campaign
- 4,400Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated in Israeli prisons