Google Fires 28 Employees After Anti-Israel Sit-In Disrupts Offices

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Google has fired 28 employees for participating in an anti-Israel protest inside their New York and California offices that disrupted the workplaces and violated the company’s Code of Conduct policies. The New York Post reports, the Google employees were protesting the company’s business ties with Israel. The protesters accuse Israel of committing genocide in the wake of Hamas’ barbaric terror attack on Israel that took the lives of more than 1,200 innocent civilians and more than 240 hostages, some of whom have also been killed. 

The pro-Palestine protesters were terminated after an internal investigation at Google found them to have violated the company’s policies in their actions. In a companywide memo obtained by The Post, Google vice president of global security Chris Rackow, detailed the circumstances that led to the employees’ termination. “They took over office spaces, defaced our property, and physically impeded the work of other Googlers,” Rackow wrote. “Their behavior was unacceptable, extremely disruptive, and made co-workers feel threatened.”


“Behavior like this has no place in our workplace and we will not tolerate it,” Rackow continued. “It clearly violates multiple policies that all employees must adhere to – including our Code of Conduct and Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, Standards of Conduct, and Workplace Concerns.”

The protesters were supporting a movement deemed “No Tech for Genocide Day of Action,” which extended from offices in New York to Seattle. The participating employees were found to be affiliated with a group called No Tech For Apartheid. The group, which has been critical of Google’s ties with Israel, livestreamed the protest, including up to the moment they were issued final warnings and arrested by police for trespassing, on their X account. 


According to The Post, “the protesters have demanded that Google pull out of a $1.2 billion “Project Nimbus” contract — in which Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services provide cloud-computing and artificial intelligence services for the Israeli government and military.”

In his memo, Rackow reaffirmed the company’s commitment to enforcing their Code of Conduct policies. “We are a place of business and every Googler is expected to read our policies and apply them to how they conduct themselves and communicate in our workplace,” he concluded. “The overwhelming majority of our employees do the right thing. If you’re one of the few who are tempted to think we’re going to overlook conduct that violates our policies, think again. The company takes this extremely seriously, and we will continue to apply our longstanding policies to take action against disruptive behavior – up to and including termination.”

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