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Google Employee Who Criticised Israel Deal Resigns, Alleging Retaliation and Culture of Repressing Pro-Palestinian Personnel

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A Google worker who had spoken out against the company’s business with Israel’s military said on Tuesday that she plans to quit because of what the tech giant did to her. 

Former Google employee Ariel Koren left the firm after seven years there last year. The product marketing manager for Google for Education, Koren was instrumental in convincing Google to cancel a $1.2 billion contract with Amazon to supply cloud computing to the Israeli government. 

Shortly after she voiced her concerns, Koren said she was informed that her position was being relocated to Sao Paulo, Brazil and that she had 17 days to relocate or be let go. 

After all, was said and done, she didn’t have to uproot because her new job would have allowed her to do remote work from her current location. 

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A Google representative told that the business has a zero-tolerance policy on retaliation at work. The complaint was looked into by the National Labor Relations Board and ultimately thrown out.

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Our inquiry found no retribution here, as we have repeatedly indicated for several months following our comprehensive assessment of this employee’s claim, as we do whenever any concerns are made.

Koren and others formed a breakaway organisation that was “uncensored by the Jewglers.” After Israel killed hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza, Koren stated Jewglers demanded Google support for Israel. She claimed that company executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, eventually did.

The dissidents she led to writing to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and the firm to complain about pro-Israel bias in the Jewglers group were ignored. 

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“We feel Jewglers leadership is utilising its platform and leadership positions to advocate an agenda that many Jews abhor,” they said.

Google employees were invited to electronically tour Hebron, an Israeli colony in occupied Palestine. A Jewish worker asked if the tour will cover “ongoing Israeli war crimes against the Palestinians.”

Her reply was tagged for discrimination, harassment, and bullying, which Koren said was a “simple” message of solidarity for Palestinian human rights.

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