Google accused of ‘unjustly retaliating’ against Jewish employee criticised Israeli military contract

California (QNN)- Over 500 Google workers have accused the tech giant of “unjustly retaliating” against a pro-Palestine employee who criticised an Israeli military contract.

On Tuesday, the LA Times reported Ariel Koren helped draft a letter among Google and Amazon workers, last October.

The letter said Project Nimbus would facilitate the surveillance of Palestinians, as well as assist the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

Project Nimbus is a $1.2bn contract between Google, Amazon Web Services, and the Israeli military and government.

The letter, which has amassed hundreds of employee signatures, also urged Google to cut ties with the Israeli military.

Koren was one of two Google employees who spoke to media outlets publicly about the push.

However, shortly after Koren helped draft the letter, her boss suggested she move to Brazil or lose her position.

“It was just so outlandish. The whole thing was completely wild,” Koren, a Jewish product marketing manager at Google for Education, told the LA Times.

Koren has stated that the move was an effort to essentially fire her.

This is particularly because there are no in-person events planned in Sao Paulo.

She added it was in retaliation both for Project Nimbus and for reporting a member of her team for alleged harassment and discrimination.

Koren alao believes she has faced added scrutiny since last spring, LA Times said.

In May, she called on Google to express solidarity with Palestinians in the wake of the 11-day Israeli aggression on Gaza that killed more than 250 people.

In early November, Koren said, she logged into a video conference call for what she expected to be a routine weekly check-in with her manager.

Instead, she said, her boss presented her with an ultimatum: move to Brazil or lose her position.

In her complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, she said that days after the meeting, Google told colleagues that she would no longer have a position on the team.

She added this happened despite not having made a decision about the move.

When she asked about this, her manager allegedly said: “You mean you actually would consider moving to Sao Paulo?”

Earlier this week, more than 500 of her colleagues signed a petition accusing the Google leadership of “unjustly retaliating” against her.

“Sadly, Ariel’s case is consistent with Google’s dangerous track record of worker retaliation that has made mainstream headlines in the past few years.”

“.. And this specifically against those speaking out against contracts that enable state violence against marginalized people,” the petition said.

“Google leadership is unjustly retaliating against our coworker and DropNimbus member, Ariel Koren, for speaking up about how Google’s Project Nimbus contract with the Israeli military will enable violations of Palestinians’ human rights,” it added.

“RIGHT after I helped organize against unethical contracts (& 2 days after returning from #disability leave), Google gave me 17 days to commit to moving to Sao Paulo—or else lose my job,” Koren tweeted.

“Over 500 workers have petitioned, but @Google has yet to rescind the act of retaliation.”

RIGHT after I helped organize against unethical contracts (& 2 days after returning from #disability leave), Google gave me 17 days to commit to moving to Sao Paulo—or else lose my job. Over 500 workers have petitioned, but @Google has yet to rescind the act of retaliation.


Google, however, said it investigated the incident and found no evidence of retaliation against Koren.

“We thoroughly investigated this employee’s claims and found there was no retaliation,” Google spokesperson Shannon Newberry said in a statement.

(Source / 17.03.2022)

Israeli forces open fire at fishermen in Gaza

Gaza Strip (QNN)- Israeli occupation’s navy opened fire on Thursday morning at Palestinian fishermen sailing off Al-Sudaniya area in the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said the occupation’s navy opened fire towards Gazan fishermen, earlier today.

The fishermen were sailing at about three nautical miles west of Al-Sudaniya area.

However, the heavy fire forced the fishermen to return to the shore.

Israeli navy targets fishing boats on a daily basis, preventing nearly 3600 fishermen from earning a living.

It opens fire, uses water cannons, and damages fishing nets and boats’ engines in their efforts to terrorize the fishermen.

(Source / 17.03.2022)

Israeli settlers uproot over 60 old olive trees from Palestinian land in Salfit

The Israeli settlers came from illegal settlement of Brukhin

Salfit (QNN)- Israeli settlers on Wednesday uprooted over 60 old olive trees from a Palestinian-owned land, in Kafr al-Dik village, west of Salfit city.

Local residents said settlers uprooted nearly 60 olive trees, aged a hundred years, from a Palestinian land in the Kafr al-Dik.

The colonial settlers came from the illegal settlement of Brukhin.

Olives are Palestine’s most important crop, as they export their oil around the globe.

Thousands of farming families consider the annual harvest as a crucial source of income.

However, in Salfit, ‘Israel’ continues to confiscate more lands in order to expand the Ari’el settlement and build dozens of new settlement units.

‘Israel’ also seized more than 5,000 dunums in order to enlarge the Ari’el settlement.

There are 18 Palestinian communities in Salfit. However, there are 24 Israeli settlements between residential and industrial areas.

Ari’el is one of the largest settlements in the West Bank built on thousands of dunums of Palestinians’ lands.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

(Source / 17.03.2022)

Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishing Boats In Gaza

Israeli navy ships fired, on Thursday, several live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats near the shore of Gaza city, in the besieged coastal region.

The navy chased the fishing boats and fired many live rounds at them while they were sailing less than three nautical miles from the Sudaniyya shore, northwest of Gaza city.

The sources added that the attack did not lead to casualties but forced the fishermen to leave, fearing further violations.

In related news, Israeli warplanes sprayed toxins on Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence across the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The attacks are part of frequent Israeli violations against the Palestinians, especially the fishermenfarmersshepherds, and workers in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, and resulted in dozens of casualties, including fatalities, in addition to severe property damage and the confiscation of many boats after abducting the fishermen.

In March of last year, 2021, the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza said Israeli mines were responsible for an explosion that led to the death of three fishermen.

(Source / 17.03.2022)

Israeli Planes Spray Palestinian Lands With Toxin Near Gaza Fence

Israeli warplanes sprayed toxins, Thursday, on Palestinian lands near the perimeter fence across the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The WAFA News Agency said the Israeli planes sprayed the lands near the Zeitoun neighborhood and Juhr Ed-Deek, southeast of Gaza city and east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza and the east of Khan Younis, in the southern part.

A farmer told WAFA their lands are planted with barley, wheat, corn, Okra, Mulukhiyah, and several other plants, causing severe damage and poisoning the lands.

It is worth mentioning that, from time to time, the army sprays toxins on Palestinian lands east and northern of the Gaza Strip to prevent the farmers from planting them due to their proximity to the perimeter fence.

The army also frequently invades and bulldozes the lands near the fence, across the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip, and installs sand-hills near the fence.

(Source / 17.03.2022)

Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In West Bank And Gaza

Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and Thursday morning, twelve Palestinians after storming and ransacking their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and three in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes before abducting four Palestinians.

Media sources said the soldiers abducted Nadi Khalil Rajoub from Doura town, Khalil Ziad Za’aqeeq from Beit Ummar, Mahmoud Mohammad Jawabra, 17, and Maan Nayef Badawi, 17, from the al-Aroub refugee camp.

In Tulkarem, in the northern part of the West Bank, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from the Ektaba area, identified as Hazem Sultan Allariya, Ahmad Samir Qandas, and Mohammad Nihad Milhim.

In Nablus, in the northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Hamada Bassem Abu Sara and Fuad Ziad Sa’id, from Aqraba village, and Farouq Sbeih Hamayel from Beita town.

In Jenin, also in northern West Bank, the soldiers abducted Anas Abu ar-Rob from Qabatia town and Adham Ersheid from Sir town.

In related news, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians on land near the perimeter fence, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

It is worth mentioning that, on Wednesday evening, undercover soldiers kidnapped Essam Abu Hijla, in his thirties, after invading and ransacking his shop in the center of Qalqilia city, in northern West Bank.

(Source / 17.03.2022)

WAFA: “Prisoners in Israeli jails to start open-ended hunger strike to protest prison measures”

RAMALLAH, Wednesday, March 16, 2022 (WAFA) – The Palestinian prisoners’ movement announced today that prisoners in Israeli jails will embark on an open-ended hunger strike starting March 25 in protest of the prisons’ administration’s escalated measures against them.

“In light of the intransigence of the occupation’s prison administration and the failure to respond to our demands to stop its measures against us, we will continue our battle to the end to obtain our rights and freedom,” the movement said in a statement.

In this context, it added, the Supreme National Emergency Committee decided to start an open hunger strike on March 25 until the prisoners’ legitimate demands are met.

The movement stressed that the battle continues and will not stop unless the Palestinian land and people are liberated, calling on the Palestinian masses and factions to support them in this battle.

(Source / 17.03.2022)