Skyline calls on Google and Amazon to stop Nimbus project, warns it could lead to further violations against Palestinians
Stockholm- Skyline International for Human Rights calls on Google and Amazon to stop doing business and collaborating with the Israeli army and not to provide Israel with cloud technology that contributes to the tracking and persecution of Palestinians.
In a statement released today, Sunday, Skyline says it is seriously considering the contract signed between Google and Amazon and the Israeli army, known as the Nimbus project. This contract aims to provide the army and the Israeli government with electronic cloud services that will allow the army to monitor and illegally collect data on Palestinians, as well as directly target and expel them based on the collected data.
For its part, "Skyline" announces that on Thursday, September 8, American activists organized vigils in three American cities against "Google" and "Amazon" companies to put pressure on them to cancel contracts that deepen apartheid policies against the Palestinians.
Skyline explains that the problem began to intensify after Google and Amazon employees wrote to their superiors to withdraw from the project because of the danger to Palestinians. It notes that the former director of marketing at Google, Ariel Koren, announced his resignation in protest of signing a project contract with Nimbus because the company's technology could help the IDF monitor and harm Palestinians.
"We cannot support the employer's decision to provide the Israeli military and government with technology that is used to harm Palestinians," the letter to employees, who are not revealing their identities for fear of reprisals, reads. They added: "We write as responsible Google and Amazon employees from different (cultural) backgrounds. We believe that the technology we develop must serve and advance people everywhere."
The employees, who refuse to cooperate with Israel, said that "the products they are involved in developing are being used to deprive Palestinians of their basic rights, force them to leave their homes and attack them in the Gaza Strip, actions that have prompted the International Criminal Court to open its investigation." They called on Google and Amazon to withdraw from the Israeli "Nimbus" project and cut all ties with the Israeli army, and stressed their moral obligation to speak out against violations of labour values.
At this point, it should be noted that the Nimbus project is a $1.2 billion contract aimed at providing the Israeli army and government with cloud services that will allow it to gain better control over all data related to the Palestinians, which is illegal and immoral, as well as its contribution to the expansion of settlement construction, which is taking place illegally on Palestinian land. In this context, Skyline points out that Google and Amazon cloud services can be used to enable Israel to expand illegal settlements by securing data from ILA.
Skyline further points out that the Israeli Land Administration is pursuing discriminatory policies to expand segregated Israeli settlements while enclosing Palestinians in densely populated areas and restricting the growth of Palestinian communities. Last March, the Los Angeles Times reported on the dangers of the Nimbus project, which would facilitate surveillance of Palestinians and encourage the expansion of Israeli settlements.
Skyline emphasises that Google and Amazon's collaboration with the Israeli army in selling and providing technologies that target Palestinians and their fundamental rights makes them a partner in these violations, especially since the victims of these violations are mostly civilians, especially women and children. This is a blatant violation of the rules of international law, particularly the protection of numerous international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and other international covenants.
Skyline concludes its statement by calling on"Google" and "Amazon" companies to immediately terminate their contract with the Israeli army and invest modern technologies in the protection of individual rights, instead of using them in collaboration with governments and military institutions.