Google Employees Arrested and Fired After ‘Sit-In’ Demanding Company Drop Contract With Israel

by Mike LaChance at

Google employees in New York City and California have been arrested and fired after staging sit-ins to protest the company’s business with the nation of Israel. Although it’s not mentioned specifically in reports, these are classic tactics of the boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) movement.

Like other protests of this kind, these employees accused the company of supporting genocide.

The FOX Business Network reports:

‘Googlers against Genocide’ arrested after 10 hour sit-in at corporate headquarters: WATCH

“Googlers against genocide” protesters were arrested on Tuesday after holding a 10-hour sit-in against the tech giant’s contract with the Israeli government.

Jane Chung, a spokesperson for the protesters, said in a press release that nine employees at offices in New York City and Sunnyvale, California, were arrested during Tuesday’s sit-in.

“Last night, Google made the decision to arrest us, the company’s own workers – instead of engaging with our concerns about Project Nimbus, the company’s $1.2 billion cloud computing contract with Israel,” a statement from the arrested employees said.

“Those of us sitting in Thomas Kurian’s office repeatedly requested to speak with the Google Cloud CEO, but our requests were denied,” they said.

The protesters said that the company was telling “bare-faced lies” after Google released a statement saying that Project Nimbus was “not directed at highly sensitive, classified, or military workloads relevant to weapons or intelligence services.”

“We will not stay silent in light of Google’s bare-faced lies. Hundreds and thousands of Google workers have joined No Tech for Apartheid’s call for the company to Drop Project Nimbus,” they said.