Google staffers stage sit-in at offices in Seattle, California, NYC to protest contract with Israel

The workers state that they will remain in Kurian's office and the New York City office until the project is dropped or they are arrested.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Google staffers across the country barged into offices and staged sit-ins to protest the company’s $1.2 billion contract with Israel.

According to the New York Post, the "No Tech for Apartheid" protestors used accounts on Twitch and X to post live videos and images of their takeover of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s office in Sunnyvale, California.

The group read statements demanding the company end its participation in "Project Nimbus," a contract with Israel involving Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, and accused the company of "powering genocide in Gaza."

Groups also occupied the 10th Floor of Google’s Manhattan offices as well as Google’s offices in Seattle as part of a "No Tech for Genocide Day of Action."

Signs brought by the group to the locations included, "Thomas Kurian: Drop Nimbus," "Googlers Against Genocide," and "Don’t Be Evil, Stop Retaliation."

The protestors also wore shirts that read, " Googlers Against Genocide, No Tech for Apartheid."

"Google, Google you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide. Google, Google you can’t hide, you are funding genocide," they chanted, also citing Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

The workers state that they will remain in Kurian's office and the New York City office until the project is dropped or they are arrested.

The group’s website states, "Google workers do not want their labor to power Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. That’s why on April 16, Google workers with No Tech For Apartheid are leading a coast-to-coast day of action to demand that Google stop doing business with Israel and providing tech to this genocide. The time is now to rise up against Project Nimbus, in support of Palestinian liberation, and join calls to end the Israeli occupation and genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. This has never been more urgent."

The group demands, that Project Nimbus be dropped, Google "stop the harassment, intimidation, bullying, silencing, and censorship of Palestinian, Arab, Muslim Googlers," and the company "address the health and safety crisis among Google workers."

The group streamed their occupation of Kurian’s office, whose name was visible on a custom Lakers jersey on the wall behind the desk, and the protestors were still in the office as of 5:30 EST.

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