Several Google Employees Arrested In Protest Over $1.2B Israel Contract: Report

Zinger Key Points
  • Several Google workers arrested and placed on leave after protesting a $1.2 billion cloud contract with Israel.
  • Sit-ins at New York and Sunnyvale offices led to arrests; demand for withdrawal from "Project Nimbus" contract.

Late Tuesday, several Alphabet Inc. GOOG Google employees were reportedly arrested and placed on administrative leave following staging 10-hour sit-ins at offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, to protest the $1.2 billion cloud contract with Israel.

The pro-Palestinian employees, who are affiliated with a group called No Tech For Apartheid, posted several videos and live streams of the protests, which included the moment they were issued final warnings and arrested by local police for trespassing, reported New York Post.

The protesters demanded the company’s withdrawal from the $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.

ReadGoogle’s Growth Ignited by AI and Premium Video Ads, Analyst Predicts Brighter Future

Notably, the workers took over Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian’s office in Sunnyvale by wearing traditional Arab headscarves.

The police arrested a total of nine protesters, and the employees who participated in the protest are already facing disciplinary action.

As per the report, a Google spokesperson said the protests “were part of a longstanding campaign by a group of organizations and people who largely don’t work at Google.”

“Physically impeding other employees’ work and preventing them from accessing our facilities is a clear violation of our policies, and we will investigate and take action.” 

The report quoted an NYPD spokesperson, who said the protest “involved approximately 50 participants” in total and confirmed “four arrests were made for trespassing inside the Google building.”

Investors can gain exposure to the stock via ETF Opportunities Trust T-Rex 2X Long Alphabet Daily Target ETF GOOX and IShares Global Comm Services ETF IXP.

Price Action: GOOG shares are up 0.94% at $157.46 on the last check Wednesday.

Photo via Shutterstock

Market News and Data brought to you by Benzinga APIs
Posted In: EquitiesLarge CapNewsLegalMediaGeneralBriefs
Benzinga simplifies the market for smarter investing

Trade confidently with insights and alerts from analyst ratings, free reports and breaking news that affects the stocks you care about.

Join Now: Free!